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PS5, Xbox Series X delays are more than a possibility, analysts claim

Published: 19:46, 16 March 2020
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PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

Market research firm DFC Intelligence released a statement about possible delays of next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, insisting that there's a "strong likelihood" of the two being delayed amidst COVID-19

DFC claim that COVID-19 is likely to make a major impact on the next-gen hardware production chain, and that it's quite likely that one or both will be pushed back from their respective launch dates. 

"Coronavirus is likely to have a major short-term impact on the delivery of both systems. There is a strong likelihood one or both systems will not make a 2020 launch. If the systems do launch, supply will likely be constrained and initial pricing could be higher than expected", they wrote. 

DFC went on saying that the ongoing health crisis has introduced an unprecedented state of uncertainty for the modern markets. 

They argued that even if the situation was to improve in only a few weeks, the capabilities to produce and launch a new high-end console have already been impacted. In other words, it's too late to be considering if the crisis will be felt - it is and will be for a while. 

It's important to note that it isn't only the supply chain that is the culprit here, as the firm did provide a silver lining here. 

"The good news is that consumer demand is likely to be stronger than ever. Demand will far exceed supply and long-term that could increase overall sales", they said. 

Microsoft Xbox Series X artwork showing hardware specs Xbox Series X

The world of gaming has definitely taken more than a few hits in midst of what's fast becoming a global crisis, with E3 cancellation being the proverbial cherry on top. 

Steam and Xbox Live have reported some great numbers, with the former breaking a concurrent user record , which shows that many are taking precautions by isolating and playing games. 

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