When Sony first unveiled their 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 console we were eager to get one, if only because the nostalgia-fueled color scheme brought a twinkle to our eye. Turns out we weren’t alone.
According to retailers around the country, the original grey colored PS4s are selling out just as soon as they go on sale. This is, of course, a byproduct of the limited supply inherent to the 20th Anniversary PS4s (only 12,300 were made), but it’s also a sign that gamers still hold a fondness for the PS1.
But while these PS4s are selling out around the globe, there may yet be hope to get one. Sony UK, for example, still has about 800 units to sell in the coming days online. We don’t know when, but the units will sell for the regular (for this limited edition) £399 price.
Some British gamers, however, were lucky enough to get their hands on the Limited Edition PS4 for just £19.94, in honor of the PS1’s launch in 1994. We say lucky, but they also earned it, as the price was limited to only 94 patrons and sold in a special, ’94-themed Sony shop.
Other lucky PlayStation fans were able to get their hands on the console as part of Sony’s PlayStation Experience this past weekend. There these fans were also treated to closer looks at games like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Order: 1886, and a special concert for No Man’s Sky. Again, the PS4s were in limited supply there – a wristband system was used – but some did walk away with the console.
Obviously with the Limited Edition PS4s selling so well, some might wonder if Sony could manufacture more outside of the 12,300-unit run. Granted, such a move would take away some of the appeal of the original grey console, but it nonetheless encourages sales. We bet some PS1 fans may even pick up the console regardless of if they would actually use it. This is not like the white PS4, which although it looks nice doesn’t warrant a potential second console purchase.
And even if Sony didn’t sell the console, perhaps they could consider selling the original grey DualShock 4 controller, which, thanks to the original PlayStation logo, actually brings out more memories than the console itself. Here’s hoping.
Have you been able to buy one of this 20th Anniversary PS4s? Do you think Sony should make more of them?