Sat. Sep 24th, 2022

Earlier this month, when Konami announced it was delaying the launch of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, we wondered if similar delivery issues caused by coronavirus-related quarantines could affect Sony and Microsoft’s planned console launches for later in the year. the year. However, in an interview with CNBC yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the supply chain for the upcoming 2020 hardware, including the Xbox Series X, looks relatively robust.

While Nadella wouldn’t outright confirm that products like the Series X, Surface Neo, and Surface Duo tablets would launch in the fourth quarter as scheduled (“We’ll have to check it out”), he did say that “the supply chains come back. Right now that’s not our real problem.” Microsoft cited the recent production of work-from-home kits requested by new remote workers as evidence that “we feel good about where we are in terms of production.”

What could affect product launches more, Nadella warned, is “what’s happening on the demand side of this going forward in the United States, in Europe and in other developed markets.” In other words, while Microsoft may be able to make enough new hardware in time for this holiday season, it remains to be seen whether the virus-hit economies will be ready to buy that hardware in sufficient quantities by then.

For now, Nadella says Microsoft will continue to finalize its upcoming product line and “monitor the situation in terms of both demand and security in terms of people.”

Last month, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter told TechRadar that coronavirus would have to last “until June” to be a major impediment to the launch of the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. And even if the outbreak was still severe at that point. was in China, “countries like Taiwan or Vietnam could still produce at a slightly higher cost, he said.

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