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Despite bringing the world to a complete standstill, Sony has today reiterated that the launch of the PlayStation 5 has not been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Revealed in the Japanese giant's latest financial results for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2020, it states that PS5 is still on course to release this holiday season.

The statement reads: "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. 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."

We can all breathe a big sigh of relief then. There had been a lot of worry that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic would have a dramatic impact on the launch of the PS5, with some assuming that it would be pushed out of this year to a March 2021 release. But now, as some countries cautiously leave lockdown, it still looks like we'll be getting our hands on Sony's next-gen console by the end of this year. That's definitely something to look forward to.

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