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The PlayStation 5 might just be the most customisable PlayStation console to date, if recent photos are anything to go by. It looks as if the next-gen hardware has been designed so that the two white plates on either side are actually detachable - with the assumption being that you can remove them and clip on different coloured plates and custom designs as you see fit.
The images were first shared over on ResetEra, and you can take a look below. Obviously this comes as pretty welcome news to those who aren't entirely sold on the console's standard design... and there are plenty who aren't into the Ethernet router look, as we've discussed previously.
This would also be a much more accessible way of making sure everyone has a custom console that looks the way they want. How many of us have seen a design for a limited-edition PS4, loved it, and ultimately told ourselves that there's no way we can justify buying an entirely new console just because we like the design?
If Sony can sell custom plates with designs based on games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West, then we can keep the console we have, instead of trading it in every time a new design turns our head.
That's not to say Sony would stop selling limited-edition consoles in favour of exclusively selling swappable plates, of course. Last month, PlayStation's vice-president of UX design, Matt MacLaurin took to LinkedIn, of all places, to tease some "beautiful" special edition consoles.He touched briefly on the next-gen machine's completely overhauled UI, and promised that we "can count on even more beautiful (and hopefully radical) special editions" beyond the standard white edition.
No need to worry if you were a millionaire planning on collecting special edition PlayStation 5 consoles, then. But what this new approach does is give more people the chance to enjoy custom designs. Only a curmudgeonly old git of the highest order could possibly find fault with that.
While we wait for official news of limited-edition builds, you actually head over to this pretty cool website that lets you visualise your very own next-gen Sony console with custom wraps. You can make some truly out-there designs in preparation for the console's launch later this year. Just build responsibly. I made a sickly-yellow PS5 with a poop-brown controller, and I wish that I hadn't.
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