Sony’s PS5 console might be getting a touch of customization at some point, as the company has been granted a patent for a new set of faceplates. First seen by OPAttack, the patent is titled “Cover for Electronic Device,” and is detailed as an “ornamental design for a cover for an electronic device.” There are even diagrams of the PS5 faceplates for illustrative purposes.
As a note, the patent doesn’t specifically refer to replacement faceplates or skins that can wrapped around the plates. However, this is a good indication that some kind of customization might be on the way if Sony actually uses this patent.
Officially, the PS5 only has to original white faceplate for now. There are third-party options available, but these companies have made enemies of Sony, being targeted with cease and desist orders.
Two of the more notable examples were CMP Shells and Dbrand. CMP Shells got legal attention from Sony in 2020. Dbrand offered a selection of “Darkplates” for $50. They saw immediate popularity, with Dbrand daring the major console manufacturer to sue them. Well Sony took no time in sending Dbrand a legal notice, forcing the company to shut down all Darkplate production. They then replaced them with Darkplate 2.0 shells.