Peripherals firm Game Armor has started taking pre-orders for unofficial PlayStation 5 faceplates, which it insists it is “able to sell safely” despite a similar business recently being targeted by Sony.
In October, another peripheral company selling custom PS5 shells was forced to cancel all its orders and pull the products from sale, following reported legal action from the platform holder.
PlateStation5.com had already been forced to rebrand to CustomizeMyPlates.com after receiving an earlier complaint from PlayStation.
Game Armor has now launched pre-orders for its own PS5 faceplates, which are available in matte black, red and blue with an introductory price of $35.
The company says the products are currently being manufactured and are expected to ship in mid-January 2021.
Content creator CptnAlex, who launched Game Armor this week, said he doesn’t expect his company to get on the wrong side of Sony.
He wrote: “Because our name isn’t deceptively close to a trademarked one, because our product doesn’t include trademarked logos, and because our armor is designed differently enough to not infringe on design patents, we’re able to sell safely.”
As revealed in an official PlayStation 5 teardown video in October, PS5’s standard white shell snaps off, theoretically allowing unofficial replicas to be easily inserted in its place.
Sony has yet to announce any variation from PS5’s standard white design or even commit to releasing additional console shells in the future.
While not anticipating any legal challenges from Sony, CptnAlex was recently targeted by Nintendo. The Switch maker has been criticised for blocking the sale of custom Switch Joy-Con controllers which raised $10,000 for charity.