McDonald's forced to ditch unique PlayStation 5 controllers after Sony steps in

McDonald's in Australia have been forced to ditch plans to give away custom PlayStation 5 controllers as part of its 50th anniversary - after Sony stepped in to stop them.

The fast-food giant announced the Macca's-themed controllers would be given away during Stream Week, with participants having to tune in to game streams for a chance of winning.

Watching gamers playing the likes of Overwatch, Minecraft and FIFA21 was going to be part of the celebrations marking 50 years of the company in Australia - but that's now been postponed. And the skinned controllers will not be part of any future events.

"Sony PlayStation has not authorised the use of its controller in promotional materials related to the proposed Stream Week event and we apologise for any inconvenience caused," McDonald's said in a statement.

"McDonald's Stream Week has been postponed and Sony PlayStation controllers will not be included in the giveaway."

New prizes - including hoodies and game streaming subscriptions - have been announced, but the company hasn't said when the new Stream Week will happen.

Currently PlayStation 5 controllers are only available in the default white, Cosmic Red and Midnight Black colours and, unlike the consoles themselves, are widely available in Aotearoa.