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Sony has delayed the PlayStation 5 reveal event due to ongoing unrest in the US

By Tim Augustin - on 2 Jun 2020, 3:47pm

Sony has delayed the PlayStation 5 reveal event due to ongoing protests

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Sony has delayed the PlayStation 5 reveal event, which was previously set to premiere on June 5, 2020 in Singapore. The company explained that they, “do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”

Titled ‘The Future of Gaming’, the digital reveal event would have showcased PlayStation 5 games for the very first time in an hour-long online stream. This postponement comes in the wake of widespread protests in America, denouncing the unjust murder of George Floyd and shining a light on racism in America. Floyd was killed by members of the Minneapolis police on May 25. 

Sony earlier tweeted out support for the Black Lives Matter movement, stating that they, “stand in solidarity today and every day with the Black community.” PlayStation’s Twitter account echoed the sentiment, saying, “We denounce systemic racism and violence against the Black community. We will continue to work toward a future marked by empathy and inclusion and stand with our Black creators, players, employees, families, and friends. #BlackLivesMatter.”

Sony is not alone in making a statement on these current events, either. Xbox tweeted that they would join Microsoft in, “amplifying Black and African American voices.” Surprisingly, the company also retweeted PlayStation’s tweet, stating that they, “stand together.” 

Electronic Arts previously delayed their big reveal of the upcoming game Madden NFL 21, due to current events. Activision recently pushed back the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 for the same reason.

If you want to retain some degree of sanity, I would advise against reading the replies to these tweets.