PS5 Black Version: Black PS5 faceplate company returns, brushing off threats of legal action! But will Sony release an official black PlayStation 5 console 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 finally here, and while we’re almost certain the PS5 console will come in black at some point, this first wave of stock is 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…

Latest news: Sales are “untouchable” claims black PS5 faceplate manufacturer

The company previously known as PlateStation 5 and CustomizeMyPlates.com has returned under the name CMP Shells, selling black PS5 faceplates it previously pulled following threats of legal action from Sony.

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.”

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Image: CMP Shells

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.

Alongside the black variant, CMP Shells also offer the shells in blue or red. You can view the whole collection here.

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).

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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 be warned! 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 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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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 version release date

The PS5 released on November 12th 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, although with no black variant in sight.

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 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.

This trend has continued ever since September through numerous restocks from the likes of Curry’s, Argos and Amazon.

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 its worth keeping those links around for when pre-orders go live.

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PS5 black version price

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.

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.

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PS5 Special Edition consoles

It’s possible that our first chance to get a variant of the PS5 will come in the form of a Special Edition console released to celebrate a game launch or an anniversary.

Travis Scott, the American rapper and strategic creative partner with PlayStation, could be involved with the first Special Edition PS5. In a recent profile with Forbes on Scott, an unnamed source gave further details on Scott’s partnership with PlayStation, saying that this multiyear deal could include both a new game developed by Scott and a co-branded console.

If you’re excited for a Travis Scott PS5, it’s worth mentioning that Scott’s products often retail for thousands of dollars, with their resale value being even higher. By combining this with the in-demand PS5, we’re looking at a highly exclusive product that will be snapped up by scalpers looking for a profit.

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Rob Leane