The global gaming scene has been on their toes for awaiting the worldwide launch of Sony’s PlayStation 5. The console has already hit the markets on 12th November in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and South Korea, while the rest of the world will get their hands on it on and from 19th November. However, several South-East Asian countries might get the PS5 a little late than the rest.
The reason behind Sony possibly delaying the launch: COVID-19, what else?
Just like almost anything else this year, the gaming community has also experienced numerous suspensions and postponements this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the most talked-about is the multiple delays of the release date of Cyberpunk 2077, which has already caused a massive uproar in its fanbase.
However, Sony has not been missing any tricks. The Japanese conglomerate, with the overwhelming success of the previous generation PS4, left no stones unturned in hyping up the launch of PS5.
However, Sony has recently made an announcement across several social media platforms about a potential delay in the release of PS5 in many South-East Asian countries, highlighting the local import regulations and logistics to be the reason. Below here is a statement made on PlayStation India’s official Facebook.
“We are overwhelmed by the positive enthusiasm surrounding PS5. As communicated previously, availability in each country is subject to, among other things, local import regulations, and our local teams are working through the logistics”, the statement read.
“To confirm, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has not announced a launch date for PS5 in India. We will share an update on launch date for India as soon as more information becomes available; meanwhile please continue to monitor the official PlayStation channels,” it added.
There have been rumours that in these countries, PS5’s release might be pushed all the way back into early 2021 and considering the impact COVID-19 has made throughout this year, its nothing out of the ordinary.