Dbrand Challenges Sony By Making Their Own Matte Black PS5 Plates: “Go ahead and report us”
A few months ago Sony published a video disassembling the PlayStation 5. Beyond the internal components, what is striking is how easy it is remove the side plates from the console, the two white panels that so much discussion they have generated. That opens the door to customizing the console with other plates of different colors, such as black, which has been the flagship color of Sony’s console since the PS2.
However, it is not an easy task. Sony is jealous of its intellectual property and that includes the design of its plates (with its subtle engraving). At the beginning of last November, PlateStation5.com, now CustomizeMyPlates.com, released their own plates. Shortly after opening the website, Sony’s lawyers told the company that “Sony’s intellectual property extends to faceplates, and that if we continued to sell and distribute them in any country, we would end up in court“.
They had to cancel shipments and make a refund to all users. Now they sell vinyls that are put on the original plates of the PlayStation 5, but Dbrand, a well-known manufacturer of covers, vinyls and accessories, has taken the baton and has announced its own boards for PS5. And he does it with a certain acidity and a clear message on his website: “go ahead, report us.”
“An apocalyptically familiar, but legally distinct twist on the classic PlayStation button shapes”
Dbrand plates are made of matte black And that’s what they are, plates, not vinyls, so in principle Sony could apply the same policy as with CustomizeMyPlates. The fact of the matter is that CustomizeMyPlates is a tiny company and Dbrand a brand that, according to 2019 estimates, sold products worth 86.9 million dollars.
But it goes further. It’s not what Dbrand sells for the PlayStation 5 plates, but rather they have “an apocalyptically familiar, but legally distinct twist on the classic PlayStation button shapes.” The PlayStation 5 has the X, square, circle and triangle icons engraved across the plates, but Dbrand has made his own interpretation. They are icons similar to those of Sony, but not exactly the same.
We will have to wait to see how this ends, but in any case, those interested can buy the plates from now on 59 dollars. Dbrand ships to everyone and Shipping to Spain is free if the purchase exceeds $ 25. The box includes the two plates and a vinyl for the central part of the console with different finishes. There are boards for the floppy drive edition and for the digital edition.
Via | The Verge