"Consumers will benchmark their expectations based on the PS4 Pro and PS4", Thong said.
Most of the components for the console have been locked down, the people said, including the cooling system, which is unusually expensive at a few dollars per unit. It was repaired in 2017 and can now play music CDs, but there doesn't appear to have been any games made for the ill-fated console.
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Hubei had previously only allowed infections to be confirmed by RNA tests, which can take days to process and delay treatment. China's National Health Commission is expected to release numbers for all of China's provinces later.
On that point, Bloomberg sources said Sony was now taking a "wait-and-see approach" - something the company publicly said as much last week.
Some Sony games staff think it should sell the new console at a loss if necessary to match Microsoft's price, while other Sony executives would prefer to make money as the company did with the PS4.
Bloomberg was able to question sources close to the design of the PS5, we imagine at Sony. It's worth noting that the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak has had no impact on PlayStation 5's production preparations. Sony is competing for limited stock against all the major smartphone manufacturers preparing to launch their 5G phones later this year. Indeed, one report says that Series X's SSD may actually be DRAM-less - a first in this market - which could help Microsoft skirt this supply issue, at least partially. If anything, Microsoft needs to be the one that aims for an aggressive price point if it wants to go after Sony. This should keep the business performance intact with software and network services revenue. Early sales were sluggish, and that put Sony at a disadvantage for that entire console generation. However, Bloomberg's source claims that Sony is taking a "wait-and-see approach" to decide on the pricing of the console.
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