Three days after the announcement that the world will get a PS5 reveal event, it was postponed indefinitely.
PlayStation made the announcement on Twitter today to “allow more important voices to be heard.” This is coming after protests and riots have begun across the U.S. in response to recent cases of police brutality.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 1, 2020
On May 25, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man living in Minneapolis, was killed by officer Derek Chauvin. Footage from witnesses came about of the officer pinned Floyd to the ground and his knee on Floyd’s neck. On May 29, Chauvin was arrested and charged for manslaughter and third-degree murder. The 44-year-old faces up to a 35-year sentence.
Protests, both peaceful and violent, have erupted across the U.S. due to Floyd’s death and other unarmed African Americans like Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while jogging with the two assailants, former Glynn County cop Gregory McMichael, 64, and his 34-year-old son Travis.
PlayStation has been silent, leading up to the next generation. Xbox unveiled the Xbox Series X at the 2019 Game Awards along with plenty of updates since then. So far, PlayStation has shown a demo created by Epic Games using Unreal Engine 5, a presentation from Mark Cerny about the technology behind the new hardware, and a look at the two-toned controller.
The PS5 is still aiming to release sometime this holiday season.