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Sony is still set to release the PlayStation 5 this year even with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to an interview with GameIndustry.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many games have been delayed as a result, fans were having concerns that the new gen-consoles’ schedule might be affected as well.
Eric Lempel, the SVP and head of global marketing at Sony Interactive Entertainment, said this year is different than any other console launch in the company’s past.
“It’s a massive challenge on every front,” Lempel said. “Not just for the parts of the organization that I oversee, but for all parts of the organization. The nice thing is that we’re pulling it together. We will launch this year—that will happen—and from my end we will absolutely make sure that we will bring all of the magic and all of the excitement of launches that we have had in the past.”
Lempel added that if the world was in a normal place, Sony would be out there with demo stations at different events, which would give the consumer the ability to have a feel for the product.
“It’s more challenging than ever, but our gamers expect a lot from us,” he said. “It’s a chance to celebrate the beginning of a new generation. This spot kicks off PlayStation 5 marketing efforts, and this is just the beginning. So you can see this as the initial entry. Hopefully it looks high quality, hopefully it captures the imagination of the viewer, and from here, it just gets bigger and better.”
The official date release and price for the PlayStation 5 has yet to be announced, but it should be sometime this holiday.