Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5 launches won't be affected by coronavirus

AMD confirms Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launches not affected by coronavirus outbreak, still aimed at Holiday 2020.

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AMD hosted its Financial Analyst Day yesterday, where we found out more details about its next-gen RDNA 2 architecture (which it refers to as Navi 2X and we all referred to it until yesterday as Big Navi).

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Not only that, but details about its next-gen Zen 3 and Zen 4 architectures for future-generation CPUs, as well as some new information on the next-gen Microsoft Xbox Series X and Sony PlayStation 5 consoles. AMD's executive vice president of computing and graphics, Rick Bergman, said during the Financial Analyst Day presentation that both consoles were still on-track for release this year.

Some have been concerned that AMD, Microsoft, and Sony could delay the release of the next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles over the current issues surrounding coronavirus / COVID-19, but the company said that "next generation on track" for the consoles, adding "coming Holiday 2020". I guess nothing is hurting the supply chain for these companies right now, and we have nothing to be concerned about when it comes to next-gen gaming console releases later this year.

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New York Governor Cuomo has established a 1-mile containment zone in New Rochelle over the spread of coronavirus / COVID-19 in New York, while Google has recently asked all staff based in Canada or the United States to work from home if they can. Apple has just canceled an event where it was due to unveil a successor to the iPhone SE, and a new iPad, too.

Delivery start ups including Postmates have now got a "non-contact delivery option" for those who are worried about contracting coronavirus, too.

We've seen some gigantic events being canceled or postponed over coronavirus / COVID-19 fears, with Mobile World Congress, the Game Developers Conference, Google I/O, Facebook's F8 developer conference -- and even chatter from Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee, with the IOC talking about outright canceling the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Google has also ended all of its in-person job interviews for now over coronavirus fears, instead shifting to a digital-only Hangouts meeting for future employees. Twitter is also "strongly encouraging" its employees to work from home if possible, while Amazon has halted its near 800,000 strong workforce from all non-essential travel over coronavirus / COVID-19 fears.

But don't worry, gamers... as AMD has confirmed that the next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launches are "on track" for later this year and that coronavirus hasn't forced a delay for these launches (yet).

You can read more on our coverage of coronavirus here.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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