Sony has insisted that not only will the PlayStation 5 be out in time for Christmas but none of its games have been delayed either.
Despite the fuss made over the, in the end quite minor, delays for The Last Of Us Part 2 and Marvel’s Iron Man VR it seems Sony will be left largely unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic, at least in terms of its next gen plans.
As part of its full year financial results, Sony stated that despite the problems related to people having to work from home, ‘development is progressing with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season’.
‘At this point in time major problems have not arisen in the game software development pipeline for Sony’s own first party studios or its partners’ studios’, added the report.
Of course, we still don’t know what any of those first party games are for the PlayStation 5, and there was no indication from Sony as to when they might reveal that information.
In the end, it seems as if it’s PlayStation 4 production that has been affected more by the coronavirus, thanks to supply chain problems, but as compensation game downloads have been way up thanks to everyone being stuck in lockdown – rising to 51% of revenues for the whole PlayStation business.
PS Plus subscribers have also seen a jump, to 41.5 million, while the lifetime total for the PlayStation 4 console itself now stands at 110.4 million.
That makes it the second-best selling home console of all time (and fourth overall, behind the Nintendo DS and Game Boy) but its chances of passing the PlayStation 2 total of 155 million are now beginning to slip away, as anticipation for the next gen sees hardware sales start to slow.
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