The PlayStation 5 console might’ve passed 3 million units shipped since launch, but the fact is, it’s still hard to find in the wild. Yet, a US-based company that calls itself SUP3R5 has announced that it will be releasing an unofficial, PS2-inspired PS5 along with black DualSense controllers. The company said that it will open pre-orders for both the black PS5 and controller on January 8, 2021, at 3 PM EST, and is scheduled to be shipped in late Spring 2021.
SUP3R5 has stated that the production of the PS2-inspired black PS5 will only be limited to 304 units as a “callback” to the original PS2 release date (3.04.2000). The limited product will be sold at $649 for the digital version and $749 for the physical version. Meanwhile, the DualSense will cost $99 and only 500 of them will be produced. As a comparison, the normal white PS5 cost $399 and $499, while DualSense costs $69.99.
Over on the site’s FAQ page, SUP3R5 wrote that you probably won’t be getting the standard, official warranty from Sony for the DualSense controller since it needs to be disassembled “as part of the conversion process.” However, the consoles might still be covered by warranty since it’s not disassembled. And if you have “functional or cosmetic issues” related to the PS2-inspired design, the company promises to “do their best” to help with the issue. The company also added that it will “have security measures” to prevent bots and scalpers when the pre-orders are open.
Unofficial, limited edition PS5s have been around for a while now. Previously, a UK-based company The Plate Station was selling PS5 custom plates and offered five different color variations for $39.99 each including PS1-inspired chromatic grey and matte black. Unfortunately though, it had to cancel all orders after receiving legal action from Sony. And a while back, a premier luxury customizing brand Truly Exquisite was also taking pre-orders for gold-plated PS5 as well as the gold DualSense controller and 3D Pulse headphones. They were sold for about $9400 and only 100 units per model were available to buy online.
Officially, Sony has somewhat confirmed that its next-gen console will be getting custom plates and designs for limited-edition releases. On LinkedIn, VP of UX Design at PlayStation Matt MacLaurin wrote that the PS5 chassis is customizable “in ways previous gens weren’t,” answering someone’s question regarding the potential of a matte black finish. Let’s hope this one isn’t as elusive as the original PS5. Stay tuned to The Nerd Stash for more PS5 and next-gen consoles news.