Sony has reportedly intervened to prevent the distribution of McDonald-themed PS5 promotional controllers. The controllers would have been distributed as a giveaway during a week of streaming by the celebrated fast-food chain, but reportedly they would not have been authorized by Sony and therefore blocked before being up for grabs.
McDonald’s Australia announced last week that it would be giving away a limited number of special edition PS5 controllers, each customized with burger and fries illustrations along with an asymmetrical white, red and yellow color scheme. This sparked a discussion on the internet about whether they were cool or not, but the official response would come from Sony, who reportedly stepped in to prevent the controllers from launching.
As reported by Press Start, the scheduled streaming week that would have included the giveaway controllers was suddenly postponed, and McDonald’s confirmed that, when they take place, the fast food-themed DualSense controllers will no longer be part of the celebration.
“Sony PlayStation has not authorized the use of its controller in promotional materials related to the proposed event for Stream Week and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” a spokesperson said. “McDonald’s streaming week has been postponed and Sony PlayStation controllers will not be included in the giveaway.”