Sony’s patent for customisable faceplates for the PS5 consoles has lastly been made public, as seen 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 “decorative design for a canopy for an digital gadget” earlier than displaying a number of diagrams displaying the faceplates from completely different views. To be honest, 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 grew to become accessible to gamers reveals simply how straightforward it’s to take away the covers and the way easy it’s to use personalized faceplates—in reality, it’s essential take away one aspect if you wish to add storage to the SSD growth slot. Nevertheless, it is also 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 started promoting personalized faceplates a month earlier than the console had even been launched, however Sony took umbrage to this transfer. The corporate needed to change its identify to Customise My Plates to make clear it was not affiliated with Sony in any manner, however then an extra authorized menace led to the producer canceling all orders.
Customise My Plates then turned to crowdfunding to finance the faceplates, as this may have allegedly made authorized issues extra sophisticated 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 way of its web site (Editor’s word: together with some actually cool clear shells).
In the meantime, one other firm often called Dbrand introduced its personal faceplates in December 2020 and even dared Sony to sue them. You’ll be able to in all probability guess how effectively that went. It will definitely pulled its faceplates final month after receiving a number of cease-and-desist letters from Sony. Dbrand returned a number of days later with a redesigned faceplate fairly completely different from Sony’s personal design. How effectively this fares stays to be seen.[Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office via OpAttack]