Leaked images of the PS5's shell suggest that Sony's upcoming console is customizable or even upgradeable. The photos show white plates with simple prongs that look like they slot into the console.
The alleged PS5 plates appeared on Chinese gaming-related forum A9VG (opens in new tab). It's possible Sony intends for these swappable plates to be cosmetic, but their true purpose remains unclear.
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Someone on ResetEra (opens in new tab) named "brokenswiftie" calculated the PS5's dimensions based on the size of a nearby paper and came up with two possibilities: 13.98 x 10.77 inches or 15.86 x 12.21 inches. The former is based on A4 paper and the latter is based on D4, which is the standard Chinese format.
Third-party sources will likely have a field day creating new face-plates for the PS5 -- I bet you'll even see some on Etsy. Back in June, VP of UX Design at PlayStation, Matt MacLaurin, stated that there would be special editions of the console down the road, so anything is possible.
However, the removable plates could have another purpose, such as giving the user access to the storage. Similar to Xbox, Sony might want to give users the option to upgrade the storage, since it "only" comes with 825GB of space out of the box.
We'll know more closer to launch or, at the very least, when we get our hands on the console.