A company selling colourful DualSense controller faceplates is the latest to offer PS5 owners an unofficial means to customise their consoles.
Decor Evolve is selling the PS5 Gamepad Covers for $9.99 each, in ten different colours; gold, rose gold, silver, light blue, steel grey, orange, midnight blue, purple, blue and red.
And because the front plate of the DualSense controller easily snaps on and off with no tools required, it should in theory make installing one of these unofficial versions fairly easy for consumers.
One Taiwan-based user has posted a review of the Decor Evolve PS5 Gampad Cover, commenting that it “looks great” and arrived quickly. The user also supplied an image of the Gamepad Cover on their controller (embedded at the bottom of this page).
Currently, Sony has not committed to releasing different colour PS5 consoles or customisation options, although it has said it intends to release DualSense colours other than the default white and black in the future.
However, many other third-party companies have already promised their own solutions for customising PlayStation 5 consoles.
Canadian peripheral firm Dbrand recently announced it would 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.”
And earlier this month third-party company SUP3R5 opened pre-orders for a limited number of customised black PlayStation 5 consoles. However, the launch ended in disaster and caused the firm to cancel all orders due to alleged threats made to its staff.
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.”
As revealed in an official PlayStation 5 teardown video, PS5’s standard white shell snaps off, theoretically allowing the unofficial replicas to be easily inserted in its place.
Another PS5 owner used a vinyl wrap to change the appearance of their console. Vinyl wrapping is more traditionally used to protect a car’s paint and provide customisation options.