If you’ve been following the leadup to the PlayStation 5’s November 12th release date, you’ll know that a company called PlateStation had emerged in mid-October to offer a way for people to customize the new console. For $40, the startup offered to sell would-be PS5 owners a set of panels to replace the PS5’s stock white ones. At the time, you could buy the plates in a variety of colors, including chromatic silver, cherry red, black, blue or jungle camo. But no more due to the threat of legal action from Sony.
As I’m sure some of you will be finding out. Due to patent and intellectual property issues we will be cancelling all orders and processing refunds. We’ll work hard over the weekend to get this done so please bare with us. Once complete you’ll receive an email.
— Customize My Plates (@customizeplates) October 30, 2020
Over the weekend, PlateStation, which has since rebranded to Customize My Plates, said it has had to cancel all panel orders due to “patent and intellectual property issues.” The company told VGC Sony’s lawyers said Customize My Plates would end up in court if it continued to sell the panels.
While it’s an unfortunate turn of events, all is it not a loss if you’re still looking for a way to customize your PS5. While it’s a less elegant option, the company has since pivoted to making vinyl skins for the PlayStation 5. You can also get similar products from mainstays like Dbrand. Moreover, we have to imagine this is not the last we’ll see of the concept.