PS5 reveal event postponed by Sony due to Black Lives Matter protests


Now is not the time (pic: Sony)

Sony has announced there will be no PlayStation 5 reveal event this week, with no indication of when it will be rescheduled.

It had begun to seem inevitable, but Sony has now confirmed that there will be no PlayStation 5 reveal event on Thursday, as originally planned.

In a short post on Twitter they alluded to the ongoing protests in America over racial inequality and the death of George Floyd, stating that, ‘we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration’.

‘For now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard’, explains the statement.

Sony has already been praised for how it has acted over the past week, not only coming out in solidarity with the protests but actively remonstrating with trolls on Twitter who complained about their comments.

Microsoft also has a next generation event planned for June, but it never announced a date and implied that its more important showcase, featuring first party games, would not be till July.

Next week is when E3 would have taken place in L.A., if it had not been cancelled due to the coronavirus, and a number of alternative online events have been promised by various publishers and organisers, such as EA Play on 11 June and the ongoing Summer Game Fest.

It’s currently unknown if any of these will be postponed, although none of them are as high profile as Sony’s event would be.

The PlayStation 5 event is likely to take the form of a pre-recorded showcase, which means it’s almost certainly already been filmed and is ready to show at short notice.

Sony will no doubt be monitoring the news in America, to wait for an appropriate moment to debut the event without seeming insensitive to the current situation.

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