Sony confirms PlayStation 5 launch for June 4

Lawrence Kim
June 1, 2020

The excitement around Sony's next-gen event is vast, and understandably so - this is going to be our first look at the games of a next-gen console that many of us are wildly excited about. The stream was originally scheduled to start at 4PM ET on June 4th.

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.

Sony's decision to delay its event comes just hours after EA chose to postpone its own digital event for Madden NFL 21, which will be coming to the PS5 and Xbox Series X this holiday season. That's presumably referring to nationwide protests over racial injustice sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

This comes about three hours after Sony made a statement on Twitter declaring its support for the Black community with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

Sony has understandably refrained from providing a new date for the PS5 games showcase at this time, but we'll let you know when the event is rescheduled.

"The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware", said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Studios.

Sony is not the first video game company to delay a game reveal out of respect for the current moment. On Sunday, EA said it was postponing a first-look at Madden NFL 21.

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