Recent events will see "The Future of Gaming" PS5 event postponed according to a recently-released tweet from the company's official Twitter account.
"We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4," stated the message from PlayStation in the tweet. "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."
"The Future of Gaming" event was revealed just last Friday after weeks of rumors about what Sony would be doing in lieu of an E3 presentation. This hotly-anticipated presentation is expected to feature over an hour's worth of PlayStation 5 games. No specific titles have been mentioned, and so fans have been having a fair bit of fun speculating about what exactly it is we'll be seeing during this presentation.
Unfortunately, it looks as if recent events in the United States have caused Sony to reconsider hosting a big budget game reveal extravaganza. As a consequence, it's made the decision to postpone the event beyond its originally intended date of June 4, 2020.
June 1, 2020
Why was 'The Future of Gaming' PS5 Event Postponed?
Why was the PS5 event postponed? While Sony did not go into specific detail, the context of its statement likely means that it is in reference to the waves of protests that are taking place across the United States.
As the Associated Press reports, protests have been ongoing in multiple American cities following an incident where a police officer had allegedly pressed his knee into the neck of George Floyd while arresting him. The Minneapolis police officer has since been charged with murder as of Friday, May 31, 2020.
The death of Floyd — who was black — while being arrested by a white police officer has caused protests to erupt across the United States. Many companies (including game developers) have spoken out in solidarity with the protestors.
No new date for "The Future of Gaming" PS5 games reveal event has been set at the time of writing.