Tech giant Sony’s recently postponed and highly-anticipated June 4 PlayStation 5 event is now officially set for June 11.
Legendary Japanese tech company Sony previously had a games-driven PlayStation 5 (PS5) event marked for June 4, which was eventually postponed to not draw attention from the more important voices of the George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter movement.
A new date has now officially been set, which was revealed inadvertently through a Twitch ad that aired a little too soon. PlayStation fans will want to keep this Thursday open, as Sony just announced that they’re long-awaited PS5 event is all set for June 11.
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What to expect from the upcoming PlayStation 5 event
According to an updated PlayStation Blog entry, the event won’t be live-streamed but will be pre-taped instead. Sony also confirmed that the broadcast would be rendered in 1080p with a framerate of 30 frames per second (FPS).
Many have voiced their concerns over Sony’s decision, since the showcase is a gaming one after all, and perhaps the only way to truly show off the PlayStation 5 in all its glory would be to broadcast at a minimum resolution of 4K running at 60 FPS.
The tech company did explain the reason behind their choice, however, attributing the downgraded visuals to work from home difficulties.
Sid Shuman, Senior Director, SIE Content Communications, said that the pre-taped program will be broadcast at 1080p and 30 frames per second. However, Shuman said that the games that will be featured during the event will “look even better” on PS5 with a 4K TV.
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“This eased the show’s production process during a time when many of our team and developers are working from home,” mentioned Senior Director of Content Communications Sid Shuman in the blog post.
Shuman reassured fans that all the games set to make an appearance this Thursday will, of course, look a lot better on a PS5 hooked up to a 4K display.
Moreover, the director urged fans interested in watching the event to do so using headphones, as the showcase will feature intricate audio work that may be tough to appreciate through speakers.
Sony putting their money where their mouth is
The Japanese tech giant postponed their initial June 4 event via tweet, citing the widespread George Floyd protests as the reason for the delay. Sony allegedly wanted to step aside and “let more important voices be heard.”
Sony wasn’t all talk though, as they quickly took action to support the Black Lives Matter movement by matching all the donations made by employees of the Santa Monica-based video game developer Naughty Dog.
Furthermore, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan confirmed to online publication CNET during an exclusive interview that their division would be donating one million dollars to different causes that support black communities.
SIE Pledge $1 Million To Black Lives Matter Causes
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Sony is just one of many members of the gaming community publicly showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement and the George Floyd protests.
Information about the upcoming event is scarce, with Sony not mentioning much beyond the broadcasting of upcoming PlayStation 5 game reveals and gameplay footage. Fans will just have to sit tight for a couple of more days and see the showcase for themselves.
The PS5 event will take place on June 11, at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
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