(Pocket-lint) – One of the takeaways from the official PS5 teardown video posted by PlayStation was that the large, white faceplates can be easily unclipped and removed. It lead many to wonder whether that’ll therefore spark a new wave of custom fascias – like the Nokia 3310 boom in the early 2000s.
However, one company hoping to capitalise on the possible trend has been slapped with legal action from Sony. It is now cancelling all pre-orders of custom faceplates and refunding all customers.
Formerly called PlateStation 5, the company first changed its name to CustomizeMyPlates after an initial letter about trademark infringement. It then received a second letter, claiming that the faceplates themselves are part of Sony’s trademark.
CustomizeMyPlates believed that, because the plates were still patent prending, that would not be the case. But, rather than head to court, it erred on the side of caution:
“…Sony’s lawyers told us it was their opinion, Sony’s intellectual property extended to the faceplates, and that if we continued to sell and distribute them in any country, we would end up in court.” the company told VGC (VideoGamesChronicle).
“This all came to light yesterday and we are now cancelling and refunding all faceplate orders worldwide… we are extremely disappointed about this but we have no other option.”
That’s not the end for CustomizeMyPlates though. Head to the website and you will find faceplate and DualSense skins instead. You will still be able to change the look of your PlayStation 5, but you’ll have to apply decals.
And we’re not 100 per cent certain Sony won’t introduce its own custom faceplates in the future. In fact, we’d bet the farm on it.
Writing by Rik Henderson.
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