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An all-black PS5 is now possible with Dbrand’s ‘Darkplates’

PlayStation fans who blanched at Sony’s bold black-and-white design for the PlayStation 5 now have a monochrome option, thanks to accessory maker Dbrand.

Dbrand is now selling replacement plates called Darkplates to customize the color of your PlayStation 5 — and as long as the color you want is matte black, you’re good. Dbrand’s website currently lists customization options for both the Disc Edition and PS5 Digital Edition, although the digital edition plates are not on sale yet. One set of outside plates cost $49 (sans the cost of shipping) for the disc edition.

The outside plates aren’t a skin. They are entirely new components that will allow you to replace the side and middle face plates of your PS5. So you’ll have to install them yourself. Sony did a teardown of the PS5 back in October, which shows how the components come off.

But demand is high. Dbrand is already sold out of its first few manufacturing runs of its Darkplates, and the earliest you may get a set is in May 2021.

Dbrand is being brash about its new product, saying on its website, “Go ahead, sue us.” Presumably, that’s a reference to another company’s attempt at selling black PS5 replacement faceplates under the name PlateStation 5. The company changed its name, but said Sony had threatened legal action over its aftermarket faceplates, and ultimately canceled all orders.

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