KEY POINTS

  • Soy released the PS5 in November 2020
  • It has filed a patent at the USPTO a week before it officially released the PS5
  • Sony has not yet commented on the recently discovered patent of the PS5 faceplates

Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony might release the official faceplates and skins of its new generation gaming console PS5 in the near future, said a recently uncovered document.

A patent filed by Sony and discovered by OPAttack is now available on the US States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website. The design patent, originally filed a week before the launch of PS5 in November 2020, was published on the USPTO website on Nov. 16.

The patent fueled speculations that the Japanese gaming titan would develop the official PS5 faceplates and skins. Fans believe Sony would soon sell individual faceplate replacements to match the Cosmic Red and Midnight Black DualSense controllers.

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Replaceable PS5 faceplates could be revolutionary since they could provide a much cheaper alternative to gamers. Sony has released impressive special edition consoles during the PlayStation 4 era each time a major title is released.

However, for those who already own a console, getting a special edition means buying a new system, which is impractical. With the official PS5 faceplates and skins, gamers could customize their consoles without burning a hole in their pockets.

Sony has not yet said anything about the same and at this point, it is not yet clear if the intention of filing the patent is to produce an official variant of PS5 faceplates, to give license to third-party manufacturers, or to avoid future legal issues with manufacturers and producers offering their own version of PS5 faceplates.

It may be recalled that the Japanese gaming titan has threatened companies with legal actions for their plans to sell unofficial faceplates to gamers. In 2020, Customize My Plates disclosed, after announcing that it would sell customized PS5 faceplates, that it will cancel all pre-orders of its custom-made faceplates after legal pressures from Sony. 

Apart from that, Sony also sent a cease and desist letter to Dbrand, a Canadian peripheral company, after learning about its plans to release custom faceplates for Sony's latest gaming system. Dbrand later announced it is pulling out custom plates from the sale.

It is worth noting that like all other tech companies, Sony usually files patents that may or may not reach commercial production.