It can be easy to dismiss Sony’s special edition PlayStations as “special” when there’s a new special edition practically every month, but the latest might actually fit the bill.
What is a special edition console?
It should be like anything regarded as a special edition in that it comes in limited quantities and won’t be seen again, but that’s not always the case.
Special edition consoles are more often than not just a new paint job applied to the same console, often with a game bundled in for good measure. The number of those consoles are often “limited” or “special” by merely how many the store has shipped in, and there’s no real reason for why they’re limited editions, and certainly no numbering to suggest it.
We’ve lost count of how many there are, but usually rely on reporting about at least one every month or two.
But for a nice first, a limited edition console from Sony actually appears to be limited, and is numbered to prove it.
This week, Sony announced that it will celebrate the sale of of its PlayStation hardware surpassing the 500 million mark for sales of every PlayStation device added up, including the PS2, PS3, PSP, PS Vita, PS4, and the original one that started it all, the Sony PlayStation.
To celebrate that, Sony has built a special PS4 Pro with a 2TB drive and a blue translucent design to let you see the insides, or some of them anyway.
The limited edition blue translucent PS4 Pro will come with a similarly blue semi-translucent wireless DualShock 4 controller, an equally similarly blue PlayStation camera, and a translucent blue mono headset for playing games on that blue translucent system.
And or a nice change — and we feel this is worth pointing out — the whole package will actually be a properly limited edition, with only 50,000 of the consoles made worldwide. It even sports an individual number on the front of the console, numbers from 1 to 50,000.
“PlayStation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition has been created to represent our appreciation to our loyal fans,” said John Kodera, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
“We will continue to make PlayStation the best place to play for all, as does our continued commitment to expanding our library of great games and variety of network services,” he said.
While that limited edition console will be found in limited numbers for a recommended retail price of $699.95 locally, it will have its slightly less limited “limited edition” DualShock 4 controller sold alongside, something Sony still says will only Have limited quantities of, but hasn’t said how limited those will be.
However, you’ll find both in stores from August 24, though for how long, that’s anyone’s guess. Given this special edition has a number applied to it, our guess is you can expect to see them gone by Christmas.