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PlayStation lifetime hardware sales top 525.3 million, PS4 Pro limited edition coming


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.

Limited edition PS4 celebrates 500 million PlayStation consoles sold


It comes with a matching translucent DualShock4 controller and PlayStation Camera. Sony revealed that it has sold over 525 million PlayStation systems worldwide since the console first launched 24 years ago, and that it's doing something special to commemorate it. It unveiled the " 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro" with a dark blue translucent shell, complete with a matching DualShock 4 controller, PlayStation Camera, vertical stand and mono headset. When it launched the original PlayStation in 1994 (1995 in the US), Sony may not have imagined that it would sell over half a billion in under a quarter century. Launched in 2013 in the US, the PlayStation 4 alone has sold 73.6 million as of the end of 2017. It's easy to forget, though, that Sony was struggling prior to its release, and the console has been a key part of Sony's successful turnaround initiated by former CEO, Kaz Hirai. Other nice cosmetic touches include a matching translucent box, blue velvet bag and etched copper plate with the serial number of the console. It's the first PS4 Pro to come with a 2TB hard drive, and Sony is also offering a matching gold wireless headset as an extra for $100. You can also purchase the 500 Million Limited Edition DualShock 4 separately for $65. Sony said that certain "extra special" units will also pop up for lucky buyers with serial numbers like 09995 (the US launch date of the first PlayStation) and 01013, representing the October 13, 2016 US release date of the PS VR. Just 50,000 units of the 500 Million LImited Edition PS4 Pro will be sold worldwide, and it'll be available for $500 at retailers starting on August 24th. The only sad part is that collectors will probably keep a lot of these units in their boxes, and they're too pretty not to play.