Sony has long supported inclusivity in gaming, so it makes sense that they are celebrating Pride Month in their own way. The company released a new rainbow-colored PlayStation 4 theme for free on their store called the "For All the Players Theme." It sports custom icons for the PS4's menu, and a custom background that says the name of the theme on it.
This isn't the first time that Sony has released a free PlayStation 4 theme for a good cause. Earlier this year, they released a theme for International Women's Day. Designed by Media Molecule artist Maja-Lisa Kehlet, the theme showcased several of Sony's female protagonists such as Kara from Detroit: Become Human, Ellie from Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, and Horizon Zero Dawn's Aloy.
To download the custom PlayStation 4 theme celebrating Pride Month, players just have to go to the PlayStation Store and redeem it. This can either be done online, or through the PS4 itself. Once the theme has been purchased, players can set it as their current one by going to settings, then theme settings, and then selecting it from the menu. That's all one has to do in order to support the message of Pride Month while playing video games.
Pride Month is always an important time for the LGBTQ+ community, and is a great time to send a positive message. The theme carries a simple, but powerful, statement that gaming is "for all the players." It may seem like it's stating the obvious, but gatekeeping and harassment is an issue that video games is still coming to grips with. By sending such a message out to everyone in a public manner, Sony is doing their part in helping make gaming a more inclusive space for all.
Seeing how the larger gaming community still struggles with inclusivity, it's great to see a major company like Sony show their support in a major way. Gaming should be for everyone, and players shouldn't have fears about playing a multiplayer game with others. Sadly, that isn't always the case as many cases of online harassment have been documented, but change can occur over time. Hopefully with the help of Sony sending the right message, this sort of widespread change will happen sooner rather than later.