In the wake of the protests happening to support the Black Lives Matter movement, Sony has made the objectively correct decision to postpone its PlayStation 5 reveal event originally set to take place this Thursday, June 4.
The company made the announcement on its social channels, saying that while it understands certain folks with a narrow view of the world might be upset by having to wait a few days to see the PlayStation 5 reveal, it believes that right now the public’s attention should be set solely on hearing what black people have to say and supporting the protests happening.
“We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4.
While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, 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.”
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This is one of the many shows of solidarity the games industry has been putting out into the world following the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by white Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin, and the protests that followed. Several big figures in video games, from streamers, major company figureheads, and esports teams have been speaking out and donating to funds to help protestors over the past week.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream made some wild comparisons between the protests and his own game, which reads especially tone deaf when we’re in the midst of people risking their lives to force change upon a broken system. But good on Sony for at least postponing its event instead of trying to advertise the PlayStation 5 in a time where people shouldn’t be looking away to more pleasant things, and should instead be contributing to the cause.
The event, which doesn’t have a new date as of this writing, was going to focus on showing games running on the PlayStation 5 for the first time since the console’s announcement last year. At the moment, Sony’s been relatively quiet about the PS5, having been dealing out information about the system in a pretty reserved fashion. A few big reveals included showing off the system’s controller, which is shedding the typical DualShock branding to be called the DualSense. Beyond that, most of the public PlayStation 5 talk has been more developer-facing than consumer-facing, such as Mark Cerny’s talk about the specs and how the technology of the PS5 would benefit game designers, but there wasn’t a game reveal in sight. So while some folks might be antsy for new information, perhaps they can channel all that newfound anger and direct it toward the criminal justice system and how it has historically been used to oppress black people, and how the entire history of the United States of America has led us to this point?