Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) said it has sold more than 525.3 million PlayStation hardware devices since 1994, and to celebrate it is launching the PlayStation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition. Available on August 24, 2018, the new console will sell at retail price for 49,980 yen in Japan, $499 in North America and €499 in Europe. Sony said the limited edition is a thank you to all of its players, and only 50,000 consoles will be available. It comes in a dark blue translucent design. Since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan on December 3, 1994, PlayStation platforms have introduced huge numbers of players into console gaming. The hardware platforms include the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation 4. The latter has sold 81.2 million units as of July 22. I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the continued support from our fans and business partners, who have all contributed to PlayStations rich history. Without our passionate community, we would not have been able to surpass this remarkable milestone of 500 million units. said John Kodera, SIE President and CEO, in a statement. PlayStation 4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition has been created to represent our appreciation to our loyal fans. 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. Sony will also sell a Wireless Controller (Dualshock 4) 500 Million Limited Edition separately along with the Gold Wireless Headset 500 Million Limited Edition starting from August 24, 2018, also in limited quantities. Since Sony has kindly shared the data, we did some calculations. The sales amount to 21.89 million hardware units per year since 1994. They also amount to 87.55 million units per generation of hardware.
Sony has sold a lot of consoles since it first started making PlayStations in 1994. The company recently crossed the 500 million mark (525.3 million, to be exact). To celebrate that milestone, Sony is releasing a limited edition PS4 Pro with a translucent dark blue case the likes of which hasnt shown up on a major console since the fine days of the Nintendo 64. This edition will be limited to a symbolically fitting 50,000 units worldwide. The 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro also comes with a matching translucent-blue DualShock 4 controller, bundled stand, headset, and a PlayStation Camera (which isnt blue). This isnt the first time Sony has used a limited edition PS4 paint job to celebrate its history. It made a blue-and-gold PS4 model as part of its annual Days of Play sale, and in 2014, the company offered an even more limited run of retro-styled PS4 consoles that were done up in the original PlayStations gloriously drab colors to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the brand. Sony is selling the 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro for $499.99. Thats $100 more than a standard PS4 Pro, but the limited edition model attempts to make up for that with a 2TB hard drive, which is twice as big as what Sony offers on the normal PS4 Pro. The 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro is set to go on sale online on August 24th and in select retail stores in early September. Sony cautions that supply is expected to be limited.