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PlayStation 5 still on track for holiday 2020 launch, Sony says

Sony said so in its financial results statement

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Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 is still on track for its holiday 2020 launch window, the company said in a statement issued in its financial results (PDF). Next-generation games shouldn’t be affected either, Sony said.

“Regarding the launch of PlayStation 5, although factors such as employees working from home and restrictions on international travel have presented some challenges in regards to part of the testing process and the qualification of production lines, development is progressing with the launch of the console scheduled for the 2020 holiday season,” Sony said in the statement. “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.”

In its statement, Sony also said there has been a “slight impact” on PlayStation 4 hardware production “due to issues in the component supply chain,” but that “demand in the short-term is being addressed with current inventory.”

In 2019, Sony announced that the company’s next-gen console will be released for “holidays 2020.” Microsoft’s new console, the Xbox Series X, is slated for the same window. Microsoft said in May that the novel coronavirus pandemic has not impacted the launch schedule, but may cause game production delays.

Microsoft has been more forthcoming with information about its next-gen console, while Sony’s information has lagged behind. We still don’t even know what the dang thing looks like. (But we have seen the new controller, the DualSense.) On Tuesday, Sony did show off a new logo for PlayStation Studios — the Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios teams that develop its games.

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