Sony finally obtained a patent after threatening many other companies with legal action to manufacture the PlayStation 5 faceplate.

NS Patent The one submitted by the publisher is on the US Patent and Trademark Office website, stating that the patent was officially approved on November 16.

Although several official controller colorways for the PS5 have been released, Sony has not yet offered a different color for the PS5 itself. The patent has led to speculation that Sony is probably planning to sell a separate faceplate replacement for the Midnight Black and Cosmic Red DualSense controllers.

DualSense Midnight Black, Cosmic Red Unboxing

Since Sony has not officially commented on the reason for applying for the patent (contacted the company for comment), it is still clear whether the company created its own variant faceplate and commented on it for the purpose of licensing. is not it. Third-party manufacturers do the same or avoid future legal encounters with companies that act to create their own faceplates without the consent of the publisher.

Sony has threatened companies to sue for plans to sell informal faceplates to consumers on at least two different occasions since the launch of the PlayStation 5. Last year, Customize My Plates announced that it would cancel all pre-sales of custom-enabled PS5 faceplates under legal pressure from Sony.

In a statement to IGN, the company, in discussions with Sony’s legal team, found that the console’s removable side panel trademark was too complex to navigate without risking legal infringement. I explained that it became clear.

In another controversy, Sony sent a cease and desist letter to Canadian peripheral company Dbrand, following plans to release a custom faceplate for consoles. Dbrand sells custom faceplates before stating in another statement about its subreddit that it will create its own new PS5 faceplate, well separated from Sony’s original design, and risk further infringement. Announced that it will be cancelled.

At the time, when Sony was considering whether to pursue the company with a new faceplate, Dbrand’s statement said: “Probably. The difference this time is that we have created an original design with no basis to claim infringement. If they want to try, they should be ready to pay our attorney’s fees. . “

For more information on the PlayStation 5, check out this article posted in connection with the console’s 1st birthday and a long list of first-party games for future Sony fans.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN.You can follow him twitter..