My PS5 is now matte black thanks to Dbrand’s Darkplates – The Verge3 min read

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Maybe you like the PlayStation 5s distinctive white-and-black look. Possibly you do not. Maybe you d go for a Zune-brown and orange model as long as you could find it in stock. Wherever you come down on the PS5s color, one things for sure: theres a lot of demand for other options.
Thats what Dbrand was wagering when it put its matte black replacement “Darkplates” on sale just recently while baiting Sony to sue. Successive waves of the product offered out quickly to the point where theyre now practically as hard to discover as the PS5 itself; the next batch wont ship til May, though you can still put a backorder in.
Anyway, I dont mind how the PS5 looks myself, but because Dbrand sent out over a set of Darkplates, I was curious whether they d alter my mind. This afternoon I removed my PS5s lightplates (?) to see for myself.
The process is rather simple. Heres Dbrands video on how to change the PS5s plates:

I discovered it a bit harder to take off the stock white plates than this video recommends, however I hesitated to apply excessive force out of worry of harmful my rare-as-hens- teeth console. As soon as you do handle to unhook the plates and move them off, its very simple to connect the Darkplates in their location– they just pop right in with a satisfying click. It doesnt feel like youre doing anything the PS5 wasnt meant to do out of package, so I believe Sony is missing out on out by not offering its own official swappable plates.
Heres how the PS5 searches both sides with the stock plates removed:

And here are some shots with the Darkplates connected:

The Darkplates feel sturdy and of high quality– these arent just lightweight pieces of plastic. You d anticipate as much for $49 plus shipping, of course. But Dbrand has actually certainly gone above and beyond to make this feel like a premium product, and this is possibly best expressed by the businesss own spin on Sonys PlayStation icon microtexture. As on the PS5, its hard to see with the naked eye or to photograph, however its there:

Dbrand likewise sent out over a matte black skin to cover the shiny black middle parts of the PS5. These are readily available in different colors, too. I discovered it much easier to use than I expected, but it didnt turn out 100-percent perfect– the skin was somewhat uneven around the USB-A port, though not in any method that d obstruct usage. However Im not actually persuaded that I choose this aim to merely leaving the middle area shiny.
Here are some shots with the skin attached for complete matte-black result:

I believed I d compare my recently matte black PS5 to the similarly matte black Xbox Series X. I have to confess, the black finish does seem to have a slimming impact on the PS5:

As mentioned in the past, the Darkplates cost $49 plus shipping, while the middle skin is an extra $11.95. Is it a lot to pay to change your PS5s color?

Anywhere you come down on the PS5s color, one things for sure: theres a lot of demand for other choices.
Anyway, I do not mind how the PS5 looks myself, however considering that Dbrand sent over a set of Darkplates, I was curious whether they d alter my mind. It does not feel like youre doing anything the PS5 wasnt intended to do out of the box, so I think Sony is missing out on out by not offering its own official swappable plates.
Dbrand likewise sent over a matte black skin to cover the shiny black middle parts of the PS5. Is it a lot to pay to change your PS5s color?

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