Sony‘s teardown video of the PS5 made removing the console’s faceplates look easy, so it seemed strange that they aren’t offering different faceplate colours at launch. One company, PlateStation 5 (now called Customize My Plates), was looking to cover this missed opportunity, but Sony quickly put a stop to their plans.
In an email to VGC by Customize My Plates, they mention that the company’s name had to be changed not long after their site first went up: ‘after only a day of our website being live, Sony’s lawyers asked us to change our name (at the time PlateStation5), due to trademark infringements.’
Despite the name change, Sony still weren’t happy, with Customize My Plates stating that ‘Sony’s intellectual property extended to the faceplates, and that if [they] continued to sell and distribute them in any country, [they] would end up in court’.
All PS5 faceplate orders have already been cancelled, and Customize My Plates have moved on to creating console and controller skins instead.
Who knows, official faceplate replacements could become a thing in the future. But for now, it looks like Sony will be sticking with the plain old white and black design for their upcoming console.
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