Yesterday, Nintendo announced that production and shipping of Switch consoles, accessories and games would be affected because of the new corona virus. But it’s not just Switch that’s affected,media Business Insider reports, and next-generation consoles’ PS5 and Xbox Series X releases may also be affected by the new coronavirus.
A leading investment bank says an outbreak of the new coronavirus could limit or even delay the launch of the next generation of consoles,media outlet Business Insider reported. Manufacturing giant Foxconn is said to be quarantined workers as China’s manufacturing industry produces the vast majority of the world’s consumer electronics, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus. The Chinese government has also blocked some cities, imposed travel bans and extended the Spring Festival holidays to prevent the spread of the virus.
Moreover, almost all of the game hardware is made in China, and it is estimated that as many as half of the European and American game art design is also outsourced to China
The new coronavirus has caused Nintendo to delay shipments to Japan and South Korea, and has given the switch version of The World of Heaven and Earth a ticket. Jefferies Group, an investment bank, said that if the outbreak continued, it could also affect Microsoft and Sony’s plans to launch next-generation consoles later this year.
“The gaming industry is currently manufacturing or starting a product change that will take place several years a year for the 2020 holiday season,” the group said. If the company is closed for more than a month, the game development process will be delayed. The new console is likely to suffer from supply chain disruptions for a long time before it is launched in the fall of 2020. “