Fresh Off Legal Skirmish, Sony Secures PS5 Plate Patent

Fresh Off Legal Skirmish, Sony Secures PS5 Plate Patent
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If Thanksgiving week is all about setting plates, here’s a tidbit you can feast on: Sony appears to have been granted a patent earlier this month from the United States Trademark Office for plate covers, spurring some observers to speculate that alt-coloured PS5 plates could be in the works.

The PlayStation 5, released a year ago, is a funny-looking machine. In addition to the console itself, it’s flanked by two protective plates, which are only (officially) available in a matte white. That’s a fine enough colour (matte white goes with everything), but PS5 players have long requested the possibility to have alternate colours. In light of Sony not selling official plates, third-party manufacturers have stepped in, though they have faced no shortage of legal trouble from Sony as a result.

The patent itself, dated November 16, 2021, and titled “Cover For Electronic Device,” is fairly thin, but unequivocally features diagrams showing covers for the PS5. Over the course of 11 design sketches, Sony shows off the PS5’s signature plates — including the top one for the pricier model replete with a disc drive — from basically every possible angle.

No colours appear in the patent, and it’s unclear whether or not Sony would even opt to sell potential plates with colours in the first place, or what colours those would be. In May, Sony unveiled two new colour options for the DualSense controller: a striking jet black and a sumptuous dark red. Those hit shelves the following month. If Sony ends up releasing multi-coloured PS5 plates, it’s a safe bet they’ll be available in those colours — synergy and all that.

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In February, the tech accessories company Dbrand heavily promoted its so-called “darkplates” — jet black PS5 plates — with a campaign that openly taunted Sony’s legal team. Last month, Sony served DBrand with a cease-and-desist. A few days later, Dbrand unveiled the second iteration of darkplates, which feature a vent and a sleek silhouette that’s flush with the console itself. (Sony’s standard PS5 plates protrude beyond the console like the patently ridiculous crested brow of a dilophosaurus.)

As of November 19, Dbrand’s official YouTube channel posted a how-to video regarding the installation of “darkplates 2.0.” It currently has fewer than 6,000 views.



  • I can’t imagine what possible novelty might be involved in interchangeable cases. The entire United States patent system never ceases to plumb new depths of ridiculousness.

    It really is weaponised legal extortion. Sure, the patent might not be defensible, but we bet that we’ve got more than enough money to tie you up in litigation for years. So sue us.

  • The only plates I would get are the dbrand one’s that have custom ventilation on it for the large fan. Couldn’t care less about colourways.

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