Sony Forces PS5 Third-Party Faceplate Maker to Cancel Pre-Orders Following Legal Action
A third-party company producing custom PS5 faceplates was forced to rebrand and take down its products after facing legal action from Sony.
From its initial reveal this past summer, the PS5 gained a lot of attention for the system’s unusual (and very large) design that marks a big departure from past PlayStation consoles. Sporting a futuristic black-and-white design, the PS5 stands out quite a bit, particularly for its white “plates” that are alongside the left and right sides of the system. While one company tried to capitalize on the prospects of making customized PS5 faceplates, Sony has intervened with legal action and forced the storefront to cancel its pending orders.
In a report from Video Games Chronicle, a peripheral company that was initially known as “The Plate Station” and “PlateStation 5” has faced legal action from Sony, preventing the company from producing and selling custom PS5 faceplates. Originally, the company had a lineup of replaceable faceplates for the PS5 in different colors and patterns, such as a black option and other color schemes, that customers could purchase and swap with the standard white plates that come with the launch systems.
— Customize My Plates (@customizeplates) October 28, 2020
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
However, Sony had threatened legal action against the company shortly after their products began going on sale, forcing the site to rebrand to “Customize My Plates” and to completely cancel all pre-orders of its line of replaceable PS5 faceplates. According to a statement from the website to VGC, initially the site’s team had done “due diligence and were of the opinion, that because Sony only had pending patents on the faceplates there would be no problem.” However, shortly after the site’s launch, Sony’s legal team cited trademark infringements in the production of the faceplates and that the company would face legal action if they manufactured and shipped the custom plates to any country.
Ahead of the official drop of the #PlayStation5, The Plate Station is already offering a customization option for Sony‘s next-gen console.
Photo: The Plate Station
— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) October 27, 2020
Since then, Customize My Plates has cancelled and refunded all pre-orders for the removeable faceplates, stating that “we are extremely disappointed about this but we have no other option.” At the moment, the company’s website is still currently selling a variety of skins for both the PS5 and the DualSense controller, giving some flexibility to customers that might want other color options than the system’s standard black-and-white color scheme. However, it’s important to note that these are third-party cosmetics, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if Sony might have plans to produce official first-party plate replacements (or alternate console colors) for the PS5 down the line.
The PS5 will officially launch on November 12, 2020 in select regions, followed by a larger worldwide release on November 19, 2020.