Formerly PS5 faceplate maker CustomizeMyPlates decided to stop making actual plates earlier in the month. Instead, they will be making skins for the consoles and the DualSense controller instead. But it looks like the company may be giving the idea of custom faceplates another shot. This time, via crowdfunding.
The decision came following an informal Twitter poll that CustomizeMyPlates conducted. The company asked its followers whether they will back a petition or a GoFundMe campaign to get Sony Interactive Entertainment to allow the company to make custom plates legally. VGC reports that the company is pushing forward with the crowdfunding model. But on the flip side, the company did not say if it had resolved the legal problems with SIE to begin with.
If we were to set up a petition/gofundme page would you back us in lobbying Sony to authorise us to make the plates? Seems a shame to let all our efforts go to waste 🤔 pic.twitter.com/hcjCbx8nXB
— Customize My Plates (@customizeplates) November 12, 2020
A VGC source from a “major thrid-party peripheral company” believes that the crowdfunding could help CustomizeMyPlates negate Sony’s legal threat. They said “There will be tons of companies making these faceplates and Sony will be powerless to stop them”. They also argue that, while the Japanese console maker can fight counterfeit controllers via firmware, there’s no mechanism of the sort to prevent custom faceplates from being made and used.
But whether or not that is really the case remains to be seen. After all, CustomizeMyPlates already caved in to legal pressure once.