Last week we reported about a company who opened up order for a handful of PS5 faceplates. These customized plates came in a range of colours including a camo, red, blue, green and matte black. The company promised that the faceplates would perfectly fit onto your new console and give it a unique look. However, while the venture looked promising, Sony was not having any of it.
According to Video Game Chronicle, PlateStation5 was first forced to rebrand to CustomizeMyPlates.com after an initial cease and desist from the company. Now, the seller claims that Sony has issued multiple threats to go to court over the custom PS5 faceplates and forced them to stop selling the product entirely.
According to an email from the seller sent to VGC, they did their research before launching the online shop. They claim Sony only had pending patents for the faceplates so there was meant to be no problem with them selling third-party versions.
“But after only a day of our website being live, Sony’s lawyers asked us to change our name (at the time PlateStation5), due to trademark infringements. We thought this switch would be enough to keep everyone happy, and honestly were hoping so since we were already underway with our product development. But then Sony’s lawyers told us it was their opinion, Sony’s intellectual property extended to the faceplates, and that if we continued to sell and distribute them in any country, we would end up in court.”
PlateStation5 now say they are cancelling all orders and refunding all customers worldwide. They say they are extremely disappointed about the whole situation but had no other choice.
It seems Sony does not want people to make PS5 faceplates for the consoles. However, at the same time, the company has not announced any sort of plan to produce and ship their own. We are going to just have to wait and see if they do indeed have plans to customize their new console.