The McDonald's PS5 controller is no more after Sony blocked it

PS5 pad
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Sony has stopped McDonald’s Australia from giving away a themed PS5 controller as part of their anniversary celebrations.

Last week McDonald’s in Australia announced that they were giving away a themed PS5 controller which features the iconic red, yellow, and white McDonald’s colors as well as a burger, fries, and the fast-food chain’s logo. 

Check out the vivid - and so very on brand - design below.

According to IGN: “The design was an internal concept that never left the planning phase” which McDonald’s Australia also backed up in a statement adding that: "The image was provided to media in error and there is no commercial relationship between McDonald's Australia and Sony PlayStation."

This disruption has now delayed the restaurant’s 50th-anniversary plans (50 years since the restaurant opened in Australia) which will now take place on a currently unspecified future date. In the same statement, McDonald’s told Press Start that Stream Week will be going ahead and that “we will be in contact with the new timing as soon as we have it confirmed.”

This wouldn’t be the first time that Sony has been particularly protective of their next-gen console being associated with unofficial products as the company was previously in an ongoing battle with a number of unofficial custom PS5 faceplate companies which after a lot of back and forth, led to Sony eventually began threatening with legal action

Looking for more games to play on your next-gen Playstation console? Take a look at our upcoming PS5 games list. 

Hope Bellingham
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After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at university, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+ before being promoted to a fully-fledged News Writer after a year and a half of training.  My expertise lies in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, cozy indies, and The Last of Us, but especially in the Kingdom Hearts series. I'm also known to write about the odd Korean drama for the Entertainment team every now and then.