I’m always jealous when a new console design comes out. There’s something about a slimmer model or change in color that makes its predecessor look old and dingy. And of course, there’s always that inner-quarrel of ditching your old console that works perfectly fine for the shinier, newer one.

I’ve been well-aware of the SkinIt brand for some years now. One of the first experiences I had with them was nabbing a laptop wrap as a gift. The design was for a friend that was already looking at covers and faceplates for her laptop. I wondered if there was something with a little more finesse and quality on the market. After some mild searching, I had landed on the SkinIt homepage and the perfect design.

With my previous experience, I was impressed by not only the durability of the material used, but the precision in which the design had hugged the Dell laptop. So, when it came time to apply the same skins to something a little more personal, I didn’t hesitate. My PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were unknowingly about to receive a bit of a facelift.

The SkinIt console designs have a nice range of products. There are Dragon Ball Z illustrations bearing Goku, and superheroes from both the DC and Marvel universes. Other product offerings include NFL teams and artsy decor.

For most of the consoles and designs you can purchase the console wrap itself or the bundle. The bundle simply includes a controller wrap sharing the same imagery. Admittedly, I was skeptical at first as to whether or not the controller design would fit appropriately. This was my fear simply due to the curves of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers, not to mention the array of face buttons both present. The graphics depicted on the website look great, sure. But, what you see online and the real-life product often differ.

The application process for both consoles was relatively easy. The PS4 design came in strips eight, whereas the Xbox One only had two. Both were relatively easy to apply. The material used for the designs damn near eliminated troublesome bubbles that other vinyl graphics would form when not applying them with accuracy and a steady hand.

After standing back and looking at the final product, I was really impressed with the outcome. I had chosen two different designs with white backgrounds. It’s amazing what simple exterior decal can do to the aesthetic presence of your console, not to mention the fact that Deadpool and Wolverine are now on the outside of my PS4 and Xbox.

I had mentioned previously that I was concerned that the controller wrap would not fit accurately given their respective designs. The PS4 controller has rounded grips with a speaker, PS button, options and share on its face. Among these buttons are various crevices and curves that I couldn’t help but be skeptical about the wrap fitting correctly. With many applications and resetting, I still have yet to make this possible. On the other hand, the Xbox One controller was the easiest, and fit with only one adjustment after pressing down most of the curves.

The biggest frustration with the PlayStation skin for the controller was exactly what I had mentioned earlier, that being the number of face buttons and the orientation of each of them. The controller is almost too intricate to wrap, and when it came down to the lower grips, the rigidity of the wrap left bubbled waves that I have yet to correct.

The console skin for the PS4 is flawless. The controller is a different story.

I have to admit, there is something special about SkinIt’s attention to detail and design creation. The console wraps breathe new life into the electronics they design for. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console wraps are an excellent upgrade to anyone looking to signal their love for their favorite anime, comic or sports team.

The instructions are easy enough to tear off a strip and start applying it. However, I didn’t find as much precision in the PS4 controller’s final outcome.

Both my PlayStation 4 and Xbox One almost look like new consoles with a new paint job. The quality is impressive and something you shouldn’t second guess if you were wondering of just how well they would look in real-life.

Greg Bargas
A console gamer gone rogue. Collector of retro games, pun and dad joke enthusiast. My spotify playlists are out of control. Rocket League anyone?

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