The PS5 event initially booked for June 4 will take place at a later date.
Sony believes that the conference would interfere with more significant world events and that both fans and developers probably have more pressing circumstances to focus. Here is what you should know.
When Should We Expect the PS5 Event?
News about Sony’s decision comes from a post on the official PlayStation Twitter account. The company also shared the news via Facebook and other social platforms.
An excerpt from Sony’s official statement reads: “We 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.”
Sony is referring to the death of George Floyd if you haven’t been following the news in the US. He was a black man killed by a police officer in Minneapolis last week. Floyd’s death has stirred riots and protests all around the country.
Government officials, big companies, and citizens are all trying to react in the most appropriate way possible. Many of those companies have shown solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, with Sony among them.
Sony added: “We will continue to work towards a future marked by empathy and inclusion and stand with our Black developers, employees, players, families, and friends.”
The comments on the company’s post on Twitter are a mix of outright racism, support, subtle bigotry, and disappointment. However, the likes and retweets surpass the negative voices, indicating that most gamers are aware of Sony’s position. Pushing ahead with a huge, celebratory gaming event might have come off as tone-deaf at best, and offensive at worst.
Sony hasn’t offered any details about when the PS5 event will take place. We should stay tuned to the PlayStation Twitter for updates. Most likely, the PS5 event will be announced in the coming weeks.