Road to NextGen 2020
Want your PS5 in a different color? There’s a faceplate for that
[Update 02/11/2020] In a rather unpleasant — but not totally unexpected — turn of events, the company behind PlateStation announced that they are canceling all orders of the PS5 faceplates they were selling through the CustomizeMyPlates.com website. Sony’s lawyers argue that the detachable faceplates are part of the company’s PS5-related intellectual property and that it would be illegal for these unofficial ones to be sold anywhere in the world. Customers that had already ordered them are refunded and the whole thing seems to be over. Whether Sony will let anyone else sell custom faceplates for the PlayStation5 — it’s now certain that the company will offer official ones at some point — remains to be seen.
This was heavily rumored ever since a couple of Sony employees have promised that “the new PlayStation will be more customizable than ever before” back in June, but the company’s impressive teardown recently made it official: the two wing-shaped faceplates that make up most of PS5’s case are removable so they can obviously be replaced with different ones. We were all expecting Sony themselves and other third parties to offer alternative faceplates some time after PS5’s launch… but it seems that consumers will have options regarding those much, much sooner.
It turns out that a British company called PlateStation has followed the PS5’s development early on and that they somehow must have gotten hold of the exact specs of those removable faceplates… because now they are already selling online five different alternative sets. There’s the obvious matte black — which will better match the shiny black Sony chose for the rest of PS5’s case — but also a very nice “cherry red”, a really cool “indigo blue”, a “chromatic” color (we’ll have to see it in person to decide whether we like it or not) and even a “jungle camo” (this we dislike without having to see it in person — sorry). They are all available for both the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition.
PlateStation does emphasize that — despite the clever name — they are not affiliated with PlayStation, meaning that these faceplates are unofficial and not “certified” or endorsed in any way by Sony. Well, as long as they are well-built and do not interfere with the PS5’s thermals, Sony’s stamp of approval is not really necessary — it’s not like the company designed the faceplates to be removable without expecting third parties to step in with their own faceplates, no? There is some concern based on the fact that PlateStation has not manufactured anything before, but it would be too risky to invite the wrath of vocal early adopters if these faceplates were not up to snuff… right?
At only $39.99/€34.95 and free worldwide shipping, a set of PlateStation faceplates is admittedly not a huge investment. For people who do not really dig the black/white default color combination of the PS5, ordering such a set now means that they will not have to be looking at it for long: PlateStation promises to start shipping these on or around November 12. There will be other manufacturers (including Sony at some point) that will offer faceplates like these in time but, for now, PlateStation managed to be the first and only one… and that is a newsworthy achievement. Oh, and black it is, of course!