PS5 Black Version: Will Sony release an official black PlayStation 5 console in 2021? All the latest on a black PS5 edition, including price, release date, pre-orders and more!
Will the PS5 come in black? Here’s everything you need to know.
It’s now been almost six months since Sony first launched the PS5, yet there doesn’t appear to be a black PS5 edition in sight. The first waves of PS5 stock – which have released in limited quantities – are made up entirely of the white PS5, to the dismay of many.
However, as stock levels gradually increase and more gamers get their hands on a base PlayStation 5 console, it could finally be time for Sony to turn its attention to a variant on its PS5 design.
Releasing a black PS5 could draw the PS5 further comparisons to its competitor- the Xbox Series X. The Series X first launched in white, but similar to PS5 fans, Xbox fans also expressed interest in a white Xbox Series X console.
Here’s everything we know about the PS5 black version…
UPDATE: Midnight Black PS5 controller revealed
Sony has revealed two new DualSense controller variants – Midnight Black, and Cosmic Red. Releasing in June 2021, these are the first PS5 products to not come in the black-and-white design, and shows us that Sony has not thrown away its black paint entirely.
First revealed in a trailer on 13 May 2021, which you can see below, these two DualSense controllers could signal that Sony has heard its fans and is set to launch a new swathe of PS5 products in different colours.
In explaining the Midnight Black and Cosmic Red design, Sony’s Leo Cardosa said in a blog post: “We wanted the new controller colors to complement each other, as well as the original DualSense wireless controller and PS5 console, so we designed the colors around the theme of ‘galaxy’ as it felt like a natural progression from the original PS5 and accessories designs.”
Players could buy the Midnight Black and Cosmic Red DualSense controllers from June 2021.
Does this mean we might also see a Cosmic Red PS5 in the future?
PS5 redesign reported for 2022, but will it be black?
Much like the highly anticipated Nintendo Switch Pro, the PS5 is reportedly set to receive a hardware redesign next year. As reported by DigiTimes (via VGC), the semiconductor manufacturer TSMC is ramping up plans for the new PS5 revision, which also includes a new AMD 6nm CPU.
While the Switch did not receive this hardware upgrade in 2021 (with the Switch OLED launching instead), this rumour is still floating around for the PS5.
This would be the perfect chance for Sony to release colour variants of the PS5, but unfortunately, it seems this may not be the case. According to these reports, the redesign will focus on the internal components of the next-gen console.
However, there is still hope for a black PS5…
Is a Black PS5 available through official channels?
In a huge FAQ post about the PS5 released a few days before the console’s launch, Sony confirmed that “there won’t be additional colors or designs available for either of the PS5 models at launch.”
This was an expected confirmation, given there has been no mention of a variation on the PS5’s current two-tone design. As a result, many have taken to creating a black PS5 themselves, including one of our friends over at Gfinityesports.com, taking off the PS5 panelling and painting it black.
This may sound like a nifty idea, but it comes with a warning! This will likely render any warranty void, meaning if your PS5 runs into any issues, Sony might not help you.
Of course, the key phrase in the FAQ’s was ‘at launch’. This leaves open the possibility for a black PS5 in the future, but here we are over six months later, and we still know nothing about what this could entail.
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: “Right now, it’s a hard enough job to get the unit we showed out so, we’ll talk about it at some point.”
With this problem still existing now as we venture further into 2021, it could be a while before the black PS5 announcement.
PS5 black version release date
The PS5 released on November 12 in the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea – with the rest of the world getting in on the PlayStation action on November 19th. There was no black variant in sight.
If we had to make a prediction, the earliest Sony could feasibly launch a black PS5 would be late-2021. The company remains constrained by component shortages and other issues that come from launching a new console amid a global pandemic.
However, this date is still likely too early, with a 2022 date seeming more feasible.
PS5 black version pre-order
As the PS5 pre-orders began on 17th September 2020, there was not a black PlayStation 5 in sight. This did not stop the next-gen console from selling out almost immediately, with countless retailers having run out of stock in mere minutes.
If you’re waiting to pre-order a black PS5, we do not know when they will open, as the variant has yet to be announced. However, we’d expect the same retailers shipping the white PS5 to also hold stock of a black version, so it’s worth keeping those links around for when pre-orders go live.
We’ll update this page with any new information as it comes.
PS5 black version price
When in stock, the PS5 is available for £449.99 in the UK, or $499.99 in the US. Unless black paint costs more, we’d expect this price point to remain the same for the black edition.
As for the PS5 Digital Edition black, we’d again predict the disc drive-less console will cost £359.99 or $399.99 – the same price as the base version.
How to buy a black PS5
However, just because Sony has yet to release an official black PS5 doesn’t mean that you can’t pick one up from a third-party seller.
The company CMP Shells has offered fans the chance to get their hands on a black PS5 through black faceplates.
It previously pulled its black faceplates following threats of legal action from Sony. However, on the product page for the ‘CMP Blackout’ – the name given to the black PS5 shells – the company addresses the question of whether it could be sued.
“The patent is pending, and all sales finalized before it’s approved are untouchable,” CMP Shells said. “We didn’t know before. Now we do.”
CMP Shells also added: “We have not replicated anyone’s proprietary design” and have actually “improved upon the original by allowing for more ventilation.”
Just 1000 units of the black PS5 shells have been made, which CMP claims is to “keep our shells super exclusive”.
Alongside the two shells for the PS5 console, the kit will come with a ‘black vinyl middlepiece’ and a ‘Vinyl controller set’ for the DualSense controller. The black shells cost $69.99 and will be delivered in March, according to the company. At the time of writing, the Digital Edition shells have already sold out, but the Disc Edition shells have not.
You’ll find plenty of other companies on the web offering black PS5 faceplates, including the folks over at Dbrand (you can click here to check their one out).