The Ball Is Back in Sony’s Court
The PS5 is a device that has something to say with its design. The towering behemoth sports top-heavy curves and that signature “popped collar” look that makes the PS5 so distinct. That being said, it’s not for everyone. The biggest complaint was no option for a black model that might be a little more subdued for some. Enter; Dbrand.
Dbrand is a company famous for its excellent device wraps. Due to the unusual design of the PS5, wraps weren’t a practical option. However, people still wanted to customize their next-gen consoles. Dbrand saw the gap Sony was leaving in the market and sprung for it. The Dbrand Darkplates were born. Featuring the exact same design as the stock plates from Sony, the Darkplates only changed the colour from white to matte black. They even baited Sony to sue them due to the similarities with the stock plates.
Unsurprisingly, the tech giant issued a cease and desist. Dbrand complied and pulled the product, but not before making a huge deal over it.
Now only days later, Dbrand released their Darkplates 2.0. This new design does away with Sony’s signatures, leaving the collar in the dust. It also features a fan cut-out to theoretically improve the cooling performance of the console. These new plates are available in 3 different colours; black, white and the new “retro grey.”
According to Dbrand, the new design “neutralizes any future infringement claims from Sony.” They even go as far as to say “The difference this time is that we’ve created an original design for which they have no basis to allege infringement. If they want to try, they’d better be ready to pay our legal fees.” There has not yet been any word from Sony regarding the redesign, and it is unclear if or when there will be any. The original Darkplates were for sale for quite some time before they got pulled, so it’s possible a similar situation could occur here.
What do you think of the redesign? Are you going to try to find some original Darkplates, or spring for the new ones? Will you be replacing your side panels at all? Let us know in the comments!