The company, which is mainly known for its phone cases, is allowing customers to sign up for notifications for when its matte black PS5 faceplates will become available. It says the plates will release sometime in 2021 and come in both Standard and Digital variants.
“We’ll be entering mass production on PS5 Faceplates by year’s end,” the company wrote last week. “However, we won’t be accepting orders until we have stock at our Toronto HQ, ready to ship.”
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.
CustomizeMyPlates.com was forced to change its original name of PlateStation5 and eventually pull its entire range of custom PS5 faceplates.
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.”
Dbrand said it could later expand its range to offer other PlayStation 5 faceplate colours, but for now, it’s focusing on matte black with a curated array of middle skins.
PlayStation 5 at retail
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.
PlayStation 5 comes in one colour scheme at launch (white and black) and Sony hasn’t said if additional colours will be available in the near future.
Unsurprisingly, considering the ease in which PS5’s white panels can be removed, this has caused many owners to start customising their consoles with new colour schemes of their own.
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.