Sony has been rather particular about third-party custom face plates for the PS5. And now, we know why. A recently discovered patent implies that the major game company is looking to produce their own customization options for the newest console.
First caught by OPattack, Sony recently filed a patent for a skin cover for PS5 console." The details, and accompanied graphics, depict an object of the same shape and size as the white sections of a PS5. It appears to be hard material, but that could be wrong.
The assumption made from this is that Sony intends to sell first-party replacement plates for the PS5 in a variety of different colors or designs. This matches with the companys behavior lately, too. Not long ago, Sony released a video showing how to disassemble certain parts of the console, such as the standing base and the face plates. So theyve shown that they can easily be removed and replaced. The patent was filed in November of last year, so this is something that Sony planned from the start.
More aggressively, Sonys also been taking legal action against third-party companies that tried to produce their own custom face plates for the PS5. While it wouldnt be out of character for this particular company to do this sort of thing in general, its a more common choice when the company has something at stake (like a competing product). A handful of these companies have instead moved to selling vinyl sticker covers for the console, instead.
Custom plates and covers are a popular option for people wanting to add a flair of personality or uniqueness to their game consoles. Lets just hope that the options that Sony offers are worthwhile (and not terribly overpriced). Time will tell soon enough.