Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced the “PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition,” a special edition PS4 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the release of the original PlayStation (PS) on December 3, 1994.
The original PlayStation system was praised for its cutting-edge technology, including its ability to process high resolution real-time 3D computer graphics that were never before seen on home consoles, as well as its rich and exciting games portfolio. PlayStation revolutionized the industry and became the first home console in video game history to reach a milestone of over 100 million units in cumulative worldwide shipments. As a state-of-the-art computer entertainment system, the original PS delivered breakthrough gaming experiences to users around the world, and that concept has been inherited by every PlayStation platform ever since.
“The ‘PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition’ is a very special model that is reminiscent of the original PlayStation, which has inspired every other PlayStation platform launched in the past two decades. This limited edition PS4 offers a great sense of nostalgia to long-time PlayStation fans, while also providing a fresh experience to those who never picked up the original console,” said Andrew House, president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. “The ‘PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition’ embodies our appreciation and gratitude to all our fans, publishers, and business partners that have provided us with tremendous support for the past 20 years, and we look forward to their support as we continue to imagine and build the future of PlayStation together for years to come. We remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver the best gaming experiences and to offer the best place to play for gamers around the world.”
In the United States, the “PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition” will be available in very limited supply for pre-order via sony.store.com on Saturday, Dec. 6. To learn when and how the pre-order link can be accessed, watch the PlayStation Experience keynote presentation on Saturday at 10:00 am PST.
The 20th Anniversary Edition will be limited to 12,300 units worldwide, a number that reflects the launch date of the original PS, and will be available for a price of 49,980Yen (excluding tax) in Japan, US$499 in North America, and €499 in Europe. The limited edition PS4 and included accessories come in “Original Gray” color, all packaged in a special commemorative box.
The PlayStation 4(PS4™) system, Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 4), PlayStation Camera, vertical stand and the mono headset all come in “Original Gray,” a limited color that replicates that of the original console. The PS family mark labels are on the PS4 system, DUALSHOCK 4, and PlayStation Camera and is a combination of colors which is similar to that of the original PS.
The PS4 itself as well as the surface of the DUALSHOCK 4 controller’s touch pad are embossed with the “triangle-2-circle-X-square” pattern, a special arrangement of the “triangle-circle-X-square” logo mark with “circle” resembling the number “0″ to indicate the 20th anniversary. Furthermore, every PS4 features a plate on the lower right-hand corner of the system’s front-side, each inscribed with a different number from 1 through 12,300. This unique number will remind the lucky owners that their PS4 is the only one of this edition in the world.
All items, including the vertical stand, are housed stylishly in a simple yet impressive presentation box. The box is then encased in a white sleeve that has the PlayStation 20th Anniversary Logo printed on the center of the surface.