PS5 Black Version: When will Sony release a black PlayStation 5? Will it be available in 2021?

Will the PS5 come in black? Here’s everything you need to know, including an eye-watering image, about the possibility of a black PS5 console version.

by Rob Leane
PS5 controller black version confirmed

The PS5 is now just mere days away, and while we’re almost certain the PS5 console will come in black at some point, but this first wave of stock seems to be totally made up of the white version.

It’s worth remembering, though: Sony previously tweeted an image of what appeared to be a plain black DualSense PS5 controller. And if that’s not a clue of things to come, we don’t know what is.

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Here’s everything we know about the PS5 black version…

UPDATE: Sony confirms no black PS5 at launch

A few days away from the PS5’s release, Sony’s announced that there will be no colour variations on the PS5’s two-tone design at launch – which is unsurprising, to be honest.

In a huge FAQ post about the PS5, Sony confirmed that “there won’t be additional colors or designs available for either of the PS5 models at launch.”

Of course, the key phrase here is ‘at launch’, as this leaves open the possibility for a black PS5 in the future, we just don’t know when…

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PS5 black version: will the PS5 console come in black?

When Sony first unveiled the PS5 console design, the product shown was mostly white, which could be seen as a cause for concern – especially if you want all your entertainment appliances to be black!

black PS5
BACK IN BLACK: This leaked image shows a black PS5 with red lights!

This image surfaced on the ResetEra forums, with a user stating this is an official Sony document that they came across at work.

However, it’s worth pointing out that a lot of users on the forums have come to the conclusion that this image could be fake.

The red lighting on the black console gives away that this is a fan edit, as rather than gradually fading out towards the bottom of the PS5, it instead just cuts off.

The red and black colouring has already caused this to be dubbed the ‘Sith PS5’ among fans, but it’s worth remembering that Sony has NOT acknowledged this alleged leak in the public sphere as of yet.

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When will Sony announce a black PS5?

Sony has remained quiet about any console or console variant, which means we cannot be 100% certain about a black PS5’s existence until an announcement arrives.

It seems unlikely that a black console will be ready for a while, following comments from PlayStation’s Head of Global Marketing, Eric Lempel, in an interview with Geoff Keighley.

When pressed by Keighley about different coloured controllers or consoles, Lempel stated that “Right now, it’s a hard enough job to get the unit we showed out so, we’ll talk about it at some point.”

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PS5 black controller news: FCC images reveal black DualSense

Images of a black DualSense controller surfaced online after a US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) listing filed by Sony for a black version of the PS5 device.

The listing, which can be viewed here, was submitted in April, and includes images of an all-black PS5 controller, of which you can see in the Tweet below.

However, as the buttons on this black DualSense appear not to have the button markings on them, this device could instead be a prototype version of the PS5 controller, perhaps handed out to developers for testing. If this is the case, we might never see this controller come to a wider market.

So what does this mean for a black PS5?

If Sony does intend on releasing a black DualSense, this by no means confirms its intentions of creating a fully black console, although it does suggest the company hasn’t thrown out its black paint entirely…

When you add this official controller snap to the supposed leaked image of the black console, it seems pretty likely that Sony has plans for some black PlayStation 5 options.

Only time will tell, but we’d say it seems likely that the white-and-black PS5 won’t be the only option… at least not in the long term.

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PS5 black version image: check out this picture of the black PlayStation 5

Although Sony has not officially revealed a black PS5 console, fans around the globe have taken to mocking up their own ideas of what a black PS5 could look like. Take a look at this black PS5 console image, for example…

PS5 black version release date

The PS5 release date is set for November 12th in the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea – with the rest of the world getting in on the action on November 19th. But there’s no sign yet of a black variant being available on the day.

The lack of information about a black PS5 means we can rule out a 2020 release. If we’d have to guess, fans shouldn’t expect a black variant until late-2021 at the earliest, as Sony grapples with shipping as many white versions as possible amid a global pandemic.

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PS5 black version pre-order

As promised, PS5 pre-orders began on 17th September 2020, with retailers around the world scrambling to get their product pages online – and customers racing to place orders before stocks ran out. There’s no sign of a black version anywhere, though.

A day later, on 18th September, the UK retailer Argos started listing PS5 consoles as well: you can click here to view the product range from Argos, but it looks like the stock is selling out as quickly as it goes up.

For fans in the UK, the retailer Curry’s is one place that seemed to have stock recently: you can click right here to go to the Curry’s PS5 page, but again, it looks like their stock is coming and going very fast.

Things are not looking good at Amazon right now: at the time of this sentence being written, the Amazon product page for the PS5 Standard Edition in the UK says ‘Currently Unavailable’, which means the first wave of stock may have run out. You can click here to check the Amazon page, though – it might have updated since we wrote this.

The PS5 Digital Edition also seems to be out of stock at Amazon – you can click here to check out the product page for that one.

There is also a whole family of official PS5 products, from headsets to charging stations, which are available to order now – you can click here to check out the range.

If you’re still looking for a PS5, restocks seem to be coming pretty quickly, so we’d recommend keeping checking these links out!

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PS5 black version price UK

Sony has confirmed that the PS5 price will be £449.99 here in the UK, with the Digital Edition (without a disc drive) being a cheaper option at £359.99. Unless black paint costs more, we’d expect that to stay the same.

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PS5 black version price US

The PS5 price in the USA is set at $499.99, or $399.99 for the Digital Edition – again, we’d predict the black version to be the same price.

PS5 Skins available?

If you would prefer something with a more custom feel, there are some sites seemingly providing custom skins for the PS5. While these obviously aren’t the same as a black console, if you cannot stand the thought of having a white games console in your house, this could be a solution.

We anticipate that these will become even more readily available in the lead up to the PS5 release.

But if you’ve got your eyes on the potential black PS5, we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it’s announced!

PS5 Black RGB Mock-Up

We still don’t know if/when we’ll get an official announcement of a black PS5, but that hasn’t stopped fans tinkering with its design to create some truly spectacular consoles.

Reddit user u/stuffx87 posted his mock-up of an RGB PS5, and we think the colouring looks amazing on the black console.

Image courtesy of u/stuffx87

Texture Detail

The very eagle-eyed of you may have spotted that the texture on the PS5 is made up out of something very familiar.

If you look closely, you’ll see thousands of small circle, x, square and triangle markings! Pretty cool – but the big question is, will this also feature on the potential black version also?

Even without an official confirmation from Sony that there will be a black PS5, we can predict that this awesome texture detail would likely carry through.

Close up of PS5 texture
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Rob Leane