Sony Interactive Delays Playstation 5 Event Amid Ongoing Protests


For the benefit of all of you watching and rewatching VALORANT gameplay footage in anticipation of that game’s official launch tomorrow, we should let you know that there actually other things going on in the world. Important things.

In cities across the United States, for example, demonstrations are taking place, with civil unrest sparked by the death, in police custody, of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man.

The worlds of gaming and ESports might seem far removed from such real-life tragedies, but evidently Sony Interactive Entertainment doesn’t see it that way. This morning, the company announced that it would postpone an event, originally slated to take place on Thursday (June 4), that was to have given the public its first look at some of the games that will be available for the PlayStation 5 when the new console is launched later this year.

Because we live in 2020, the news was delivered via Twitter:

About four hours earlier, the official PlayStation account had tweeted the following:

Sony previously announced that the PlayStation 5 would be launched before the end of the year, just in time for holiday-shopping season.

There’s no word yet on when Thursday’s cancelled event might take place.

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

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