PS5 Shipments this Holiday Aren’t Expected to be Impacted by Pandemic, Says Jim Ryan
If PS5 shortages do occur after launch, Sony's Jim Ryan has said that the lack of consoles worldwide wouldn't be any different from past PlayStation releases.
With the Xbox Series X and PS5 both slated to launch later this year in the midst of a global pandemic, some have wondered whether or not manufacturing and shipments of each platform would be affected as a result. When it comes to Sony’s Interactive Entertainment’s current plans, the company doesn’t expect COVID-19 to ruin the next-gen console’s arrival by any means.
Speaking to CNET in a new interview, SIE President and CEO Jim Ryan made clear that the ongoing virus isn’t going to throw the launch of the PS5 off. “We remain absolutely on track,” Ryan said plainly. “We’re going to launch this holiday, we will have a global launch. And where we’re greatly looking forward to it. And we very much want the gaming world to look forward to it, too.”
As for if any complications could arrive in the future that might change current plans, Ryan also said that nothing that Sony is viewing right now could set the PS5 and its planned shipment totals back. “Right now, we’re not seeing anything saying to us there’s going to be problems with quantities or we won’t be able to launch the way we want,” he expressed. While Sony might have shortages of the PS5 when it launches, Ryan indicated that this wouldn’t be any different than past PlayStation releases where consoles can often be hard to find at storefronts initially.
Ryan’s statements here come not long after Sony finally revealed that it will be holding a PS5 digital event next week on June 4. This stream is set to last for a little over an hour and, according to Ryan, will highlight upcoming games that will be releasing on the next-gen console. While not the first time that Sony has talked openly about the PS5, this is the event that many fans of the PlayStation brand have been anticipating for months.
The PS5 is slated to launch at a still undetermined price and release date for this holiday season. With this new event transpiring next week, however, maybe we’ll finally begin to get more clarity on both of these specifics.