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If the monochromatic luxury of your PlayStation 5 isn’t doing it for you, then you’ll be happy to hear that official custom plates might be available for purchase in next to no time.
Almost as soon as the PlayStation 5 was announced, custom plate companies popped up all over the shop like daisies. Yet, Sony swiftly mowed them down, citing infringements on its intellectual property as the reason why these sellers must shut down. One wasn’t so easily squashed and Canadian electronics company dbrand challenged Sony to try and sue because it believed it was well within its rights to sell plates for the popular console.
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Well, Sony did successfully sue and dbrand did cease to sell plates. Of course, if you had picked up your plates ahead of these events, then you’re sitting pretty. However, if you would like your PlayStation 5 to show off some of your personality, you might feel like you’re a little stuck if you’re not artistically inclined.
Plus, Sony has kept mum on those custom editions it has waiting in the wings. "You will definitely be seeing special editions," said lead UX designer Matt MacLaurin last year. "This is also customisable in ways previous gens weren't."
What we’re all looking for here is an update on that front, and fortunately, we’ve gotten one. This month, a patent has been filed and granted on Sony’s behalf for a “cover for electronic device” and it’s very obviously plates for the PlayStation 5. But, the description refers to “the ornamental design,” which might mean it is a skin that can be applied to the plates rather than new plates.
Funnily enough, dbrand has been working on a new set of custom plates that probably can’t be taken down by Sony. Probably. “You can’t successfully sue someone over an alleged ‘design infringement’ without a registered design patent,” said the company, showing off the “Darkplates 2.0”. “Sony did not have a registered design patent for the PS5’s side panels when we launched Darkplates (or for many, many months following the release).”
While we aren’t sure when these will hit the shelves, I’m looking forward to seeing what Sony reveals for these “covers for electronic devices” as well as how the Darkplates 2.0 debacle plays out.
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