PlayStation turns 20 with collector's edition PS4

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  • Thursday, 04 Dec 2014

DOWN MEMORY LANE: This retro grey PS4 is produced in a limited edition of just 12,300 consoles, just like the original PlayStation upon its launch in 1994.

In a special limited edition, Sony's next-generation console takes on the same grey shade as its ancestor, the original PlayStation, which celebrates its 20th anniversary Dec 3. 

Fans of retro gaming memorabilia will have to be quick to score one of the 12,300 grey PS4 consoles releasing worldwide. The colour of this limited edition echoes that of the original PlayStation, now known as the PS1, released in 1994. 

In North America, pre-orders for the 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 will open on Dec 6, coinciding with the PlayStation Experience community event. Sony invites interested fans to log on to the official website from 10am PST on the Saturday in question. 

Released on Dec 3, 1994 in its native Japan, the PlayStation was the first games console to sell over 100 million units worldwide. After eventually making its way to North America (Sept 9, 1995) and Europe (Sept 29, 1995), the console enjoyed several years of popularity and remained in production until 2006. 

Today, the PS1 remains the second best-selling home console of all time, having sold 102 million units, just behind the PlayStation 2 (157 million). 

When accounting for portable consoles, the first PlayStation is the fourth best seller, ranking after the PS2, the Nintendo DS (155 million) and the Game Boy (118 million). — AFP/Relaxnews 2014

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