The release of the upcoming PS 5 has been postponed. The next-gen console was supposed to come out on June 4; however, it has been delayed until further information.
This news was shared today on the official PlayStation Twitter account.
“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.”
Why did Sony made this decision?
The decision comes from the recent events happening in America. The death of George Floyd has caused people to riot throughout the American cities.
Last week, an officer has knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, eventually killing the African-American man. This tragic incident took place in Minneapolis. However, soon enough the world responded to this violent act with more violence.
In response to Floyd’s death, people started to protest against police cruelty across the United States. However, this led to a lot more violence and death. There were lots of property damaged as well. The police had to use physical force and riot control defenses to try stopping the protestors as well as the press. Tear gas, tasers, and vehicles were used to control the wild crowd.
Sony, as well as other industry companies and organizations have taken action against the unfair police brutality. Black Lives Matter has become a movement where people stand up to racism.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 1, 2020
Sony’s message is loud and clear!
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said:
“Our identity, our very existence is rooted in empowering everyone on the planet.
So, therefore, it’s incumbent upon us to use our platforms, our resources, to drive that systemic change, right? That’s the real challenge here. It’s not just any one incident, but it’s all the things that have led to the incident that absolutely need to change.”