Black PS5 finally becomes a reality as faceplates go on sale, but not from Sony

If you've been dreaming of an all-black PS5, then dream no more. Black faceplates for Sony's next-gen console are now on sale - but not from the Japanese manufacturer.

Instead, American brand dbrand has put its Black PS5 'Darkplates' on sale, although at time of writing there's at least a two month wait on shipping as the firm has already sold out its February, March and April stock. May is currently the estimated shipping date for orders placed now.

The sheets of plastic for your PS5 don't come cheap though. dbrand is currently running an offer which takes the price of the Disc Edition 'Darkplates' to $49 (around £35 / AU$60) for the disc edition console, down from $59.

If you have the Digital Edition PS5 there's some bad news, as Darkplates stock for the cheaper, disc-free console are already completely sold out.

Sony made it clear in a pre-release teardown of the PS5 that the stock white faceplates on its new console were easy to remove - sparking internet chatter on the possibility of custom plates in the future.

Back in October 2020 we saw one firm attempt to sell a series of colorful custom faceplates for the PS5 for $39.99, but weeks later the operation had been shut down by Sony's lawyers with all orders cancelled.

So can we expect the same fate for dbrand's 'Darkplates'? The company is bullish, with the website for the plates featuring the slogan "PS5 Darkplates. Go ahead, sue us."

It goes further into the potential legalities of its offer too, albeit in a very tongue and cheek way, with the product page stating: "When you look at this microscopic texture inside the Darkplates, what do you see? If your answer is "a familiar-but-legally-distinct apocalyptic spin on the classic PlayStation button shapes," you might be one of our lawyers."

PS5 Darkplates

(Image credit: dbrand)


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