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Sony patent suggests PS5 first-party faceplates are on the way

After shutting down some third-party sellers in 2020, it looks like Sony is finally getting ready to offer PS5 panel customization of its own in the near future.

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Back when the PlayStation 5 launched, the ability to remove the side panel faceplates from the console caught a lot of attention. Third-party vendors tried to jump on the hype and produce their own custom faceplates for the PS5, but Sony was pretty quick to shut them down. Now, about a year later, it looks like Sony is finally ready to pursue that venture itself based on a patent that was recently verified.

Sony’s recently accepted patent was spotted on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website, as spotted by OPAttack. Sony’s patent for a “Skin cover for PS5 console” was filed on November 5, 2020, around when the PS5 first launched. The patent was finally accepted on November 16, 2021. Under the patent, Sony is likely to begin producing first-party skins and faceplates for PS5 consoles in the very near future, although no official announcements have been made at the time of this writing.

Ever since Sony showed how easily removable the PS5's faceplates are, players have wondered when they'd be able to customize the console with new colors of panels.
Ever since Sony showed how easily removable the PS5's faceplates are, players have wondered when they'd be able to customize the console with new colors of panels.

Back in 2020 when the PS5 first launched, third-party sellers were quick to try to set up faceplate and skin websites for the PlayStation 5. They were quickly knocked down by Sony’s legal department and left many wondering what kind of plans of its own Sony had for the PS5 customization market. Even without the new patent in place, it could have easily been assumed that Sony wanted to stop third parties from capitalizing on getting their piece of its pie. Even so, a year after the PlayStation 5 has launched, it seems Sony is dragging its feet a bit on the prospect. This may also be due to resource management as the company does its best to produce standard PS5s for purchase, especially during the holiday season.

We’re still waiting to see exactly what Sony’s first-party PS5 faceplates and skins might look like, so stay tuned to Shacknews as we await further updates and announcements on the matter.

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    November 22, 2021 9:25 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Sony patent suggests PS5 first-party faceplates are on the way

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      November 22, 2021 11:14 AM

      They invented faceplates! Didn’t know such a thing was possible!

      Thanks patent office for allowing such plastic feats of engineering possible

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      November 22, 2021 1:01 PM

      Can we please just get one that is flat on the bottom so that we can throw away that shitty flimsy dollar store stand they sent with it??

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        November 22, 2021 5:49 PM

        Seriously. That plastic coaster is such a stupid design concession. Such a struggle to get the system crossed just right in there. I look at it every time and just shake my head.

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