There was a report I saw a few days ago saying one worker at TSMC tested positive and that their response was to take extra strict precautionary measures to ensure it won't spread far. I haven't heard anything negative about TSMC's response, so I guess that's a good thing.
Right, this is why I laugh at rumors that Ampere will be delayed. The majority of chips are going to come from TSMC, so again there's no reason they can't ship it on-time (if both Xbox Series X and PS5 are being made on the exact same process node, in the same factory).
Why they would delay their launch to Q4 to get lost in the rest of the console launch noise is beyond me to comprehend? The WCCFTech article only quoted a stupid forum poster as the source for the leak, and pointed at these "trying economic times" as a reason to delay until Q4
Sales of properly designed consoles have mostly been recession-proof (see PS2 not getting stopped by the Dot-Com crash, or the Nintendo Wii not getting crushed by the Greet Recession). Microsoft and Sony are not about to delay.
And one of the greatest GPU competitions ever happened during the Great Recession: Nvidia's G92/GT200 versus AMD's R700. Lower costs of Ampere should be a welcome change on the edge of a recession, and encorage more sales for RTX parts. Why would ANYONE delay, when we alredy have so much momentum?
People will continue to upgrade their video cards during a recession., They just might wait 3 months, or compromise on a cheaper card. But the best encouragement to get buyers back out there is something new and cheaper to make!