Sony’s patent for customisable faceplates for the PS5 consoles has lastly been made public, as observed by OpAttack. This has prompted hypothesis the console producer could also be contemplating making its personal swappable faceplates and skins. The patent follows a yr of points with third-party producers creating their very own PS5 faceplates solely to face authorized motion from Sony.
The patent describes an “ornamental design for a cover for an electronic device” earlier than displaying a number of diagrams displaying the faceplates from completely different views. To be truthful, there’s not much more you are able to do in a patent for a faceplate, however it does probably recommend Sony could also be contemplating manufacturing its personal swappable faceplates. An official console teardown video launched a month earlier than the PS5 turned accessible to gamers exhibits simply how simple it’s to take away the covers and the way easy it’s to use custom-made faceplates—actually, you’ll want to take away one facet if you wish to add storage to the SSD expansion slot. However, it may be merely a authorized response to points Sony has confronted with third-party producers.
Third-party producers have been attempting to promote customized PS5 faceplates ever because the PlayStation 5’s launch again in November 2020. Platestation.com began selling customized faceplates a month earlier than the console had even been launched, however Sony took umbrage to this transfer. The firm needed to change its title to Customize My Plates to make clear it was not affiliated with Sony in any means, however then an additional authorized risk led to the producer canceling all orders.
Customize My Plates then turned to crowdfunding to finance the faceplates, as this could have allegedly made authorized issues extra difficult for Sony, however even that didn’t work. After months of silence, the corporate returned as CMP Shells and claimed it was untouchable after submitting a patent of its personal. This does see to have labored to date and CMP Shells is presently nonetheless promoting faceplates by its web site (Editor’s word: together with some actually cool clear shells).
Meanwhile, one other firm often called Dbrand introduced its personal faceplates in December 2020 and even dared Sony to sue them. You can most likely guess how nicely that went. It finally pulled its faceplates final month after receiving a number of cease-and-desist letters from Sony. Dbrand returned just a few days later with a redesigned faceplate fairly completely different from Sony’s personal design. How nicely this fares stays to be seen.