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Dbrand is selling matte black replacement plates for the PlayStation 5. The company is goading Sony into suing it following legal action against a smaller manufacturer last year.

Feb 12, 2021

Theyre selling fast
Its fair to say the PlayStation 5s huge, two-tone industrial design is not for everyone, and now Dbrand says it has a solution. The company best known for its custom phone skins and cases has put Darkplates on sale, with the promise that the precisely carved slabs of plastic will turn your PS5 into a murdered-out matte-black hunk of hardware.
This isnt just an unofficial accessory Dbrand is actively encouraging Sony to sue it for putting the product out. The background there is that a small company, first called PlateStation5 then CustomizeMyPlates, was forced to cancel and refund orders for a similar product last year following legal action from Sony. Now Dbrands order page reads Go ahead, sue us at the top.
The goading doesnt stop there. Dbrands Darkplate features a texture somewhat inspired by the PlayStation button icons microtexture found on the PS5 and its controller. The company describes it as a familiar-but-legally-distinct apocalyptic spin on the classic PlayStation button shapes.
The Darkplate also has an optional skin for the glossy black middle section of the PS5, in case you want to customize its color or just make it less of a breeding ground for fingerprints. Beyond the matte black option, there are plain yellow and white skins as well as patterns like robot camo and redcode.
Converting your PS5 to matte black wont be particularly cheap and might not be all that quick. One set of plates sells for $49 plus shipping, while adding a middle skin takes the base price up to $60.95. All three waves of product set to ship in February, March, and April respectively have sold out in the past couple of hours, while a fourth wave for May is now available for backorder. The PS5 Digital Edition version of the plates, meanwhile, hasnt yet been put on sale at all.