Third-party company SUP3R5 will be selling 304 custom black PlayStation 5 consoles inspired by PS2’s design later this week.
The consoles, which will come with a black DualSense controller, will start at $649, while a further 500 DualSense pads will be available priced at $99.
SUP3R5 will be taking pre-orders beginning on January 8 at 3pm ET/12pm PT/8pm UK.
UPDATE 09/01/21: The launch of the custom black PS5 consoles ended in disaster this weekend as SUP3R5 cancelled all orders due to alleged threats made to its staff after it sold out of units.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: Customers will be able to create a profile and save their information on SUP3R5’s site prior to pre-orders going live in order to speed up the checkout process and the company says it “will have security measures in place” to combat scalpers and bots.
In an FAQ, the US-based firm confirms it will ship the products internationally, including to the UK, although if customers do manage to order one successfully it is unclear exactly when they will receive it.
“We expect to begin shipping controllers and consoles in late spring 2021,” SUP3R5 says. “Although this may shift based on availability, we’ll do our best to avoid delays.”
Refunds can be requested at any point prior to orders shipping, but there’s no standard returns policy, although exceptions may be made in the case of defective products.
PlayStation 5 at retail
SUP3R5 notes that the DualSense controller is disassembled as part of the conversion process, voiding Sony’s standard warranty coverage.
“Consoles, however, are not disassembled as part of the conversion process, so we don’t expect you’ll have any issues with warranty service for your console through Sony,” it adds.
Canadian peripheral firm Dbrand recently announced it will soon be taking orders for a range of black PS5 faceplates and dismissed suggestions Sony could stop it.
Dbrand’s product launch follows a high-profile case in the UK which saw one company cancel its plans to create custom PS5 faceplates after Sony allegedly threatened legal action.
Asked by a Reddit user if it feared similar legal action over its faceplates, Dbrand dismissed the notion, writing: “We encourage them to try.” A caption on its Reddit post also reads: “sue us, Sony.”
Another peripheral firm, Game Armor, launched pre-orders for its own PS5 faceplates last month, which are available in matte black, red and blue with an introductory price of $35.
Content creator CptnAlex, who launched Game Armor in December, explained why he doesn’t expect his company to get on the wrong side of Sony.
He wrote: “Because our name isn’t deceptively close to a trademarked one, because our product doesn’t include trademarked logos, and because our armor is designed differently enough to not infringe on design patents, we’re able to sell safely.”