A company selling faceplates for the PlayStation 5 has received mail from the Sony legal department and forced to cancel orders and withdraw product
The new Sony console will be released in about two weeks and the first lucky ones will be able to admire the unusual design or even look at it with enthusiasm. Those who would like to have an alternative look will probably have to search a little longer.
The design of the PlayStation 5 has been the subject of much discussion since its introduction, because on the one hand the next-generation console is downright huge, on the other hand the curved "spacy" look is not everyone's cup of tea. Also with regard to the color, there is currently no choice of one's own, as the Japanese company only offers one variant here, namely with a black center section and white side panels.
Those who would like to have an alternative color or design, in such cases, go to suppliers from the net, who produce so-called faceplates. With these, one can actually embellish hardware of all kinds, namely by replacing or covering certain parts.
Several infringements at once
A company that offered such faceplates for the PlayStation 5 has now received mail from the Sony legal department. Strictly speaking, they had quite an intensive correspondence, because as VGC reports, "PlateStation5.com" first had to look for a new name, here a trademark infringement was complained.
But that was not the end of the matter: Because Sony lawyers informed the manufacturer that the intellectual property also extends to faceplates. Should the company decide to actually sell them, they said they would "meet again in court".
The manufacturer, now called CustomizeMyPlates, actually thought that his offer was legally admissible: "Before the market launch, we checked it out and were of the opinion that there would be no problems, since Sony has only applied for a patent for the faceplates (note: and no patent has been granted yet)".
But Sony disagreed and CustomizeMyPlates did not want to risk a costly dispute. So they cancelled the pre-orders and transferred the money back to the customers.