Sony has reached an impressive milestone: in the 24 years since the original PlayStation launched in Japan in December of 1994, the company has sold over 500 million PlayStation consoles (525.3 million, to be exact). To celebrate, Sony’s releasing the PS4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition. It’s a new translucent dark blue version of the console that will be limited to 50,000 units worldwide. It will be available on August 24.
The PS4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition comes with a DualShock 4 controller with the same translucent blue shell, a 2TB hard drive, vertical stand, and PlayStation Camera. The front of each system will have a commemorative copper plate with its unique serial number etched on it. Some will have “extra special” serial numbers like 09995 (U.S. Launch Date of the original PlayStation: September 9th, 1995), 01115 (U.S. launch date of PS4: November 15, 2013) and 01013 (U.S. launch date of PS VR: October 13, 2016). It will sell for $500 / £450.
The 500 Million Limited Edition DualShock 4 will be available as a standalone item for $65 / £55 on August 24. Additionally, you’ll be able to buy a 500 Million Limited Edition Gold Wireless Headset with the same translucent blue design and copper detailing for $100 / £78 on September October 11 in Europe.
Pre-orders for the PS4 Pro will be available in Europe on August 14 from retailers including Amazon UK, Game, Smyths, ShopTo, and Very. There’s no word yet about US pre-orders. Sony says that all of the items will be available in very limited quantities, so don’t be surprised if you have a hard time finding them in stock.
The 525.3 million sales figure includes PlayStation, PS2, PSP, PSP Go, PS3, PS Vita, PS Vita TV, and PS4. The hardware that contributed most to that figure is the PS2, which is also the bestselling console of all time. Since its release in 2000, the PS2 has sold over 155 million units. The PS4 is no slouch, though, as it has shipped roughly 82 million units and counting.