You can easily remove the PS5 panel cover, and it’s good to know that there are many alternatives available, both official and aftermarket. But with the uncertainty that comes with moving away from the default options, where should you start? Whether you’re unhappy with the pristine white, or just looking for other options to help spruce up your new console, our guide to the best PS5 panels can help you make your console look its best.
the real deal
Official PS5 Console Case
After a long wait, the official PS5 version is finally here, in a variety of colors. In addition to having a cover with the official logo, those looking to buy a license plate can be sure they are getting the highest quality product. Midnight Black and Cosmic Red colors are available now on the PlayStation Store, with other colors coming later this year. The option to purchase a PS5 controller in each new color ensures a satisfying and complete package in the hue of your choice.
$55 at Playstation
join the dark side
Darkplates Matte Black
This is one of the higher quality third-party options for those looking to get as close to a licensed blackboard as possible. Adding a fan improves cooling, and you can choose your mid-skin along with your plate for a range of customization options.
WDS store clear white
Reminiscent of the days when transparent controllers were all the rage, these inexpensive plates bring back fond memories while looking great at the same time. In addition, easy installation and stylish design stand for practicality and beauty.
VLANMON Cosmic Red
While there are many red panels, we rarely see such an eye-catching shade. The plates are also dust and scratch resistant, and are available in other colors if you wish.
Back to the good old days
Comic Controller Classic PS2 Design
This handcrafted plate has an eye-catching PS2-inspired design that harks back to simpler times. It’s simple but effective. While it’s pretty expensive, you can send your plate in for a paint job for a cheaper alternative.
From $50 on Etsy
Defy Gaming Matte Silver
This panel looks great. It’s a reminder of the PS2 Silver Edition, and not enough stuff is silver. It’s less expensive than others on this list, comes in other colors, and ships worldwide; a decent all-rounder. Oh, and you’ll get a free keyring!
Defy Gaming £30
NexiGo Gold Panel
With customer satisfaction and quality at its core, this gold option from NexiGo features scratch- and dust-resistant ABS plastic, a user manual, and even a matching controller board. The fact that it also looks great is a bonus.
a solid choice
Game Armor Pike Red
Also available in classic black and astro blue, this is a solid panel option for your PS5. So if you don’t want a fancy design, but still want bright colors as far away from white as possible, this is the one for you.
Comic Controller $35
Practical and stylish
Fade to black matte black
This panel looks great on your console, but it also has some useful improvements. For example, the grill improves heat dissipation, while the redesigned tabs add stability when locking the plate in place. Controller enclosures are also available.
$45 for VGF Gamers
Gotham City’s Deserved Plate
Bit Labs Elite Plate Dark Knight Edition
Featuring durability and a great matte finish, this is an eye-catching and sturdy set of boards that will look great no matter where you show off your PS5 console.
Friendly Neighborhood Panel
comic controller spiderman
Another great design from Comic Controllers, which allows you to choose between separate outfits from Miles Morales and Peter Parker, or have one on either side. Featuring an excellent level of detail, these plates faithfully reproduce the iconic net bag set.
From $95 on Etsy
Which panels should you buy?
For those looking to put their PS5 on some new plates, there’s no shortage of options, especially with release licensing options. As far as the complete package goes, the official board is the best option, with colors that other aftermarket options don’t have, giving you peace of mind that you’re getting a high-quality product. Of course, that sweet Playstation logo will set your shelf apart.
If your interest is purely aesthetic, you can’t do better than the comics controller Spider-Man board, especially if you’re a big Marvel fan. The WDS Clear Whiteboard is also amazing and perfect if you’re looking for something more innovative to decorate your PS5 console.
Some people prefer a more functional panel in place of their official panel, which improves the design rather than just providing a visual difference. Darkplates ticks this box, with greater airflow and a sleek, functional design to ensure your PS5 is kept safe. Choosing a beautiful mid-skin from a wide range allows attention to detail not found in some of the other entries on this list, while a smart gift box containing your new panel adds an extra layer of quality.