Following news before the PS5’s launch that its faceplates can be removed and potentially be customized, a third-party hardware manufacturer got a cease and desist order from Sony to stop developing PS5 custom faceplates or suffer the ire of Sony’s legal team. Well, it looks like a new company has announced their own PS5 custom faceplates and it seems like they’re not scared of Sony at all, and even challenged the electronics giant to sue them! dbrand has announced their own line of PS5 faceplates today, and even a letter with the words, “Sue us, Sony.”
Here’s their announcement in full (via Reddit) and an image of the company’s sample faceplate:
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It is suspected by some that the type of plastic, the shape, and even the texture on the PS5 covers provide thermal wicking. The texture on the surface of the PS5 covers actually increases the overall surface area for heat dispersion versus a smooth cover. If this is not duplicated by dbrand and it impacts the PS5 they could find themselves liable for damages and Sony has a second case. Sony has a right to protect their brand. It is why licensing exists. In addition dbrand could simply find themselves financially exhausted from legal challenges. Faceplates are welcome but their campaign looks more like lunacy and attention whoring.
One other note. Sony plans in advance. I have little doubt that during the PS5 design process, when removeable panels were being considered, Sony sat down with their legal department and evaluated the legal lay of the land. Their choice, unlike the remarks by dbrand, was not made haphazardly. Perhaps dbrand approached Sony, maybe they did not. Under the right judge they might have a toe hold. Either way their actions are at best adolescent and wholly disrespectful to a company off of whose product they are attempting to make money. dbrand is not a cool rogue company. They are not commercial rebels and I would not bet on their longevity.
And yet… At the end of the day, if I decided to plaster my PS5 with an army of stickers and that damaged it, Sony couldn’t do a thing about it, let alone sue me or the many companies that already do this.
When it comes to gaming technology, whether handheld, desktop, laptop or whatever, some people want to customise their stuff and that will never change.
I imagine they already slap a warning somewhere about tampering with your device already, probably thrown into the warranty, what exactly is the problem?
I do not see an issue. In fact I stated Faceplates would be welcome. I am merely looking at this from a litigation standpoint. The shape of those covers is copyrighted. Sony may have even patented how they fasten on the PS5. I think Sony should freely license the covers. My points were strictly looking at the rude approach by dbrand and the possible legal hurdles they will face.
Yes to the licensing part, but heat dispersion isn’t provided by plastic parts. The cooling solution consists out of a copper heatsink and a fan which blows air through the case. The shape of the faceplates are in this case not providing any impact. They are just cosmetic.
Moron talking about thermal wicking is laughably incorrect.
Not only does the machine run cooler without the plates, different plates couldn’t possibly do a better job if the material and size is practically identical. Why on earth would Sony add pieces to this unit, increase its surface area, all while making it run worse? Who knows. Why someone would care if the plates change, I’ll never know.
Good luck, Dbrand. Never understood the product anyways. Sells to such a minor portion of end users.
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