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PlayStation Turns 20, PS4 20th Anniversary Edition Revealed

Shuhei Yoshida's Avatar Posted by on Dec 03, 2014 // President, SCE Worldwide Studios

PS4 20th Anniversary Edition

Hello PlayStation.Blog readers! Today is a very special moment in our history. It’s been 20 years since the launch of the original PlayStation, which released in Japan on December 3rd, 1994. It seems like only yesterday! I’m so glad that we can celebrate this moment together.

20 years is a long time! In 1994, many outsiders thought that Sony was slightly crazy to launch the original PlayStation into an incredibly competitive gaming market. Who could blame them? Sony was (and is!) famous for engineering great electronics, audio equipment, and many other consumer devices. But game consoles?!

Sony Computer Entertainment, founded by my mentor Ken Kutaragi, was a project borne out of sincere passion and deep admiration for the craft of game development. The mid 90s were an exciting time for game developers, driven by the explosion of powerful but affordable 3D graphics rendering hardware and the birth of many young and adventurous development studios. The original PlayStation was meant to embody that sense of adventure and discovery, that sense that anything was possible.

We sincerely thank you for joining us on our exciting 20-year journey. You have made every bump and scrape we took along the way worthwhile. And there’s so much more to come! :D

But I don’t want to go on for too long, because we have a big piece of news to reveal: a very special 20th Anniversary Edition PS4!

How to pre-order in the US: PS4 20th Anniversary Edition will be available in very limited supply for pre-order starting Saturday, December 6th. Please watch the PlayStation Experience keynote starting Saturday morning at 10:00am Pacific Time to learn more. Canadian users can follow PlayStationCA on Twitter to learn more details for availability in their region.

PS4 20th Anniversary Edition

PS4 20th Anniversary Edition - DualShock 4

PS4 20th Anniversary EditionPS4 20th Anniversary Edition - DualShock 4

Our friend Sid Shuman has some details in the video above, so be sure to check it out and let us know what you think.

I look forward to celebrating the anniversary and all things PlayStation with you this week in Las Vegas at the PlayStation Experience.

Thanks for a great 20 years, and here’s to 20 more.

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+ Darvan on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:36 am said:

I can’t wait !!! This is a great surprise


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+ Sonicfan11589 on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:37 am said:

I remember how I got into playstation, my older brother just had a birthday, he received a PS1 as a gift with 2 games, Tomb Raider and Frogger. Good times.


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:23 pm said:

    Great fun memories:)


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+ Xandet on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:38 am said:

I will be acquiring one of these at any and all costs on Saturday. ANY AND ALL.


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:24 pm said:

    Go for it! (οΏ£γƒΌοΏ£)


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+ thrillwell on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:45 am said:

Sweet!


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+ Dalto15 on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:48 am said:

So I called the design half a year ago, does that mean I can get one of these bad boys since they’re so limited ;)?
http://www.reddit.com/r/PS4/comments/2757m1/who_else_would_like_to_see_ps1themed_ds4s_sorry/

Console design is in my reply to the top comment.


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+ XThexRealxBanksX on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:49 am said:

where can you buy this at!?


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:25 pm said:

    Watch the PlayStation Experience live stream for info. Supply will be extremely limited, though.


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+ KeysRagnarok on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:50 am said:

I need this!


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+ videogamegenius on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:54 am said:

That looks awesome!


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+ DJHaole on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:54 am said:

Uhh Yes Please!!!


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+ GostWhoNeverLies on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:54 am said:

Will this be available for purchase outside of North America?


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:27 pm said:

    Yes, each region has its way to preorder. Check your own country’s SCE.


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+ MrAlanC on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:55 am said:

This is awesome! I need one! I was there with the PS1 from the start. I remember I used to tip it on its side to make it “load faster” or so I said. One day my “nintendo fan” friend tipped it over. Oh snap! I was not pleased.

I need this. I need one of these. OH PLEASE PLAYSTATION :D IVE BEEN WITH YOU SINCE DAY #1.


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+ TheRealDeal5150 on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:56 am said:

This is so freaking EPIC! I want one… Maybe Two… The real question is, do I open it if I buy one? Or save it for my collection? I can’t wait to find out the price to make my decision.


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+ osito0525 on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:57 am said:

Wow bring back good memories awesome job guys keep up the good work can’t wait πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘βœŒβœŒβœŒ


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+ coolasj19 on December 3rd, 2014 at 1:59 am said:

The console is just amazing but the extremely limited qualities are disappointing. Though, I would be more than happy to buy a standalone controller seeing as how I can’t make the PS Experience as much as I want to.


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+ craycrayjiggaboo on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:03 am said:

Can’t wait for pre-order in the UK!!!


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+ sainrub on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:05 am said:

Wow, that that looks pretty awesome.


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+ loadstone007s on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:05 am said:

I would love to buy it, but I already bought 2 PS4 systems!

Can you release, however, the DualShock 4 individually?


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+ YoungSpade141 on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:07 am said:

Pure goodness! Now bundle it with a great game and I’m all set!


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+ Kemikalz on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:19 am said:

Man, I could see such a huge boost in sales if this wasn’t just ‘limited edition’. This is totally a PS4 I would buy, and I know many others would too. Sadly, I know I won’t be able to obtain one of these because of the limited quantities. This is an amazing idea Sony, but I see a huge opportunity missed in sales for you guys by only making this limited.

I could see buying two of these, one to play on, and one to keep as a collector item. This is truly a gem.


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:29 pm said:

    Thanks for your passionate comments. ( Β΄ β–½ ` )οΎ‰


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+ ericquaresma on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:36 am said:

Must have it!


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+ TerrorJones on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:37 am said:

Today I decide to sell one of my PS3s to move up and you hit me with this sweet color! I must try to buy one, wish they weren’t so limited!


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+ alaann69 on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:41 am said:

the dualshock 4 is too big look at it next to the ds1,they should let us use the dualshock 3 on ps4


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+ tonydamiani on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:44 am said:

OMG Im getting one of these!


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+ Strangeheaven on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:49 am said:

Sony why only 12,300 units? Why not 20,000 units for marking it’s 20th anniversary? These will sell like hot cakes, I’m thinking of buying two.

Maybe you should have limited run of 50,000 to 100,000 units.

50,000 to north America and Canada and 50,000 to Europe.

It looks stunning.


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+ EFFstradamus on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:54 am said:

No way my wife would let me purchase this soooooo I think Sony should release at least the controller to the masses!


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+ MrPonuraski on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:57 am said:

Gimme.


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+ stlcurtainson on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:02 am said:

I will definitely be trying to score a couple of these. Very awesome. Honestly though, why so few of them!!! They should have way more units for sell so that more people can have the opportunity to buy one and celebrate the milestone with sony!!! Thats not very many considering the millions of people that have PlayStation’s!!! I’m hearing there going to be 800 bucks, really?????


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+ REAPER_LMAO289 on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:04 am said:

so basically i cant get it because i live in the uk. **** off Sony.


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+ CPpodcast on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:07 am said:

Aw man only if i had enough money
And my mom also gets mad when i buy a console and barely used it at all πŸ˜†
This is a once in a lifetime (i.e. Not there 40th anniversary)


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+ FiranfordB on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:17 am said:

Beautiful. I’ve been waiting since the first time I saw ps4 for a PS1 grey edition, it had to happen, to bad it is in such limited suplly.

Limiting this sort of stuff only opens the way for scalpers and people reselling it for profit. Just as with Black and White PS4, I would much prefer if this was a permanent color choice, it will sell well regardless of how limited it is.


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+ syafiqzn on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:29 am said:

whoa this is cool
hopefully ps4 send to me amiin


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+ StitchsBox on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:31 am said:

Sony Japan is already taking applicants for this. Being limited quantities they are using a lottery system from the orders received. Wonder if the other stores globally will be doing the same.


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+ nanaki85 on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:33 am said:

Been a fan since the beginning, here’s to another 20 years Sony!


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:32 pm said:

    Thank you! :D


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+ HawaiianBigfoot on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:38 am said:

This looks awesome!

I work on Saturday, but need to own this system. I will gladly sell my current black one, to buy this one.


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+ lazynko88 on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:39 am said:

This is not for the players playes already have PS4 this is for the money .


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+ YogurtStorm on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:53 am said:

As a Canadian, WHERE and WHEN can I purchase this? I absolutely want it o_o


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+ jakekoloko001 on December 3rd, 2014 at 3:55 am said:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONY !!!


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:33 pm said:

    Thank you! β™ͺ(*^^)oβˆ€*βˆ€o(^^*)β™ͺ


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+ AmirLecter on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:03 am said:

Thank you Sony for the wonderfully great 20 years..!! i was planning to get my PS4 late in 2015 but now if i can get my hands on one of these im willing to pay over 600$ for this i don’t care if my wallet drains i need this.. thank you Shuhei.


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:34 pm said:

    Go for it! :D


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+ SneakyWolf6 on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:13 am said:

I have been a fan of playstation since when the first playstation came out. I had a lot of fun and I still am with the newer generation. Happy 20th Sony and keep the great work you have given to the players! #PLAYSTATION4LIFE


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:34 pm said:

    Thank you! ( Β΄ β–½ ` )οΎ‰


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+ RaNiiTH on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:16 am said:

EFFstradamus on December 3rd, 2014 at 2:54 am said:
No way my wife would let me purchase this soooooo I think Sony should release at least the controller to the masses!

The opposite is actually happening over here. As soon as I’ve heard about this I notified my husband (he was pretty psyched) and told him that he should have it, but he’s talking his way out of it; too limited, too afraid to use it, it’d break our colour schemes (his consoles are black and mine are white), and that the asking price would be too much…


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+ carmelobr on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:22 am said:

The PS Store in europe receive a super cool PS4/Vita Theme with PS1 boot sounds for the 20th Anniversary. When it will arrive in the US Store?


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:36 pm said:

    They should be out by now!


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+ Carl-G on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:24 am said:

So i guess a normal PS Fan like me(16+ years a PS owner) will never get a chance to own this :( :( :( Can’t SONY bring out Worldwide??? I am sure it would sell well :P


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+ TieteenseBR on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:26 am said:

It probably won’t get to Brazil, but please consider building the PS4 here at an affordable price.


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+ Superstone on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:27 am said:

Make PS2 classics playable on Vita & PS4!! Also make the PS4 100% backwards compatible!


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+ xsquealx on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:29 am said:

Ugh, now you announce this? I JUST bought a PS4 yesterday.


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+ Red-5x on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:43 am said:

Hi:
Oh, my GOD! I REALLY want this Edition… It’s beautiful and a TRULY Collectors Edition. Where and when to buy this master piece?


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    + Shuhei Yoshida on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:42 pm said:

    Please check out Sid’s post :)


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+ wocyob on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:54 am said:

Damn wish I really waited. PS1 is what got me really into gaming and this is just sooo pretty! Well congrats to such awesome systems and hope to see the next 20 years.


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+ Nightmare142 on December 3rd, 2014 at 4:57 am said:

Where can i get that shirt?


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+ MMandevil on December 3rd, 2014 at 5:04 am said:

Can we get a Playstation one theme for the 20th anniversary?


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+ KnightRid on December 3rd, 2014 at 5:15 am said:

So basically you changed the color and some graphics and slapped a 20th badge on it? Wow.

It would have been nice to maybe come with 2 controllers, maybe a larger hard drive, maybe free ps plus for a year…..something other than a color change.

Glad i am still with my PS3 as Sony is just rolling faster down that hill :( Come on Sony, get your act in gear! You have the #1 console right now and all you can do is pidly stuff to the look????? ugh.


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