It may seem hard to believe, but it was 20 years ago today, on December 3, 1994, that Sony launched the original PlayStation and the PlayStation brand in Japan. To celebrate, the console gaming giant is offering an extremely limited global edition of 12,300 (12/3 hundred…get it?) “20th Anniversary Edition” PlayStation 4 consoles in “original gray” to match the color and styling of that first system launched 20 years ago.
The package has a premium price of $499 in the US and includes a 500GB system, a PlayStation camera, a limited edition DualShock 4 and a vertical stand – all colored to match the original PlayStation. The system and controller also feature small etched patterns of the familiar X, O, square and triangular buttons, as well as the classic red, yellow, blue and green PlayStation logo on the front. A “very limited supply” will be available for pre-order in the US and Canada starting Saturday, December 6, with more details on availability to be announced during the upcoming PlayStation Experience.
Announcing the system, Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman called the release “arguably the most limited edition PlayStation we’ll ever see”. However, that’s a discount on some of the rarer limited edition colors and designs in the PlayStation brand’s past, including one exclusive to Japan Yakuzathemed white PS3 (10,000 reportedly made), a midnight blue original PlayStation made to celebrate the system’s 10 millionth sale (100 reportedly given to contest winners), and the $5,000 solid gold PS3s made by computer-choppers.com ( five reportedly sold—thanks to the priceless consolecolors.com).
Fans of a game anniversary tribute may recall that Nintendo made a similar move in 2004 by introducing a limited-edition Game Boy Advance SP in the style of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the game. that console. However, the portable was available in much larger quantities than this limited edition PS4, selling for a more competitive $99.
Just so you know, Microsoft, we’ve signed up to release an ultra-limited edition of 20 “Anniversary Edition” Xbox One consoles in stylish translucent green sometime towards the end of 2021.