Earlier this 12 months, Dbrand began promoting matte black PS5 facet plates that it referred to as Darkplates, and when it did, it baited Sony proper on the product’s information web page to “Go ahead, sue us.” We obtained our fingers on some, and so they look precisely such as you anticipate, making the perimeters of your PS5 black as a substitute of white. They even have their very own tongue-in-cheek tackle the PlayStation icon microtexture.
As of Saturday, although, you possibly can’t purchase Darkplates anymore, as Dbrand has eliminated them from sale after (maybe unsurprisingly) receiving a stop and desist letter from Sony. (If you go to the Darkplates website proper now, it simply reveals an inventory of stories articles, together with ones from The Verge).
Dbrand shared the letter with The Verge, which we’ve included on the backside of the article. Sony raises just a few grievances within the letter, together with taking difficulty with how the faceplates “replicate SIE’s [Sony Interactive Entertainment] protected product design” and with Dbrand’s variations of the PlayStation icons. Dbrand says the letter was issued earlier this 12 months however didn’t present a precise timeline as to when.
This isn’t the primary time Sony has threatened authorized motion over PS5 facet plates. One firm that began life as PlateStation5 modified its identify to CustomizeMyPlates after which canceled and refunded orders, allegedly after Sony threatened authorized motion, VGC reported in November. That firm returned in January and is promoting its customized plates once more.
Part of the rationale that there’s a marketplace for facet plates is probably going as a result of it’s not too exhausting to take them off a PS5. In reality, Sony reveals precisely how you are able to do it in its official teardown of the console.
The ease with which you’ll take the PS5’s plates off not solely makes it simple to get to the internal workings of the console however may additionally trace that it plans to launch different variations of the facet plates sooner or later. You can now purchase purple and black DualSense controllers and a black Pulse 3D Audio headset is on the best way, suggesting that Sony is not less than experimenting with different colour combos for its equipment, so an official set of black facet plates doesn’t really feel out of the realm of chance.
If you don’t need to look ahead to Sony, although, you have got one much less choice of third-party facet plates to select from whereas Dbrand’s are off the market.