On December 3, 1994, twenty years ago, Sony took a chance on the original PlayStation and never looked back. After a broken deal between Sony and Nintendo that would have had the electronic giant making a CD-ROM based system for Super Mario, Sony angrily green-lit their legendary gray box that went on to destroy more powerful consoles and become the first video game console to sell over 100 million units. Not bad for an underpowered system coming off the heels of one of the greatest gaming rivalries of all time (SNES vs. Genesis).
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation brand, Sony has unveiled a special throwback colored PlayStation 4 console that will be an extremely limited supply of 12,300 units worldwide. pre-orders for the special edition console will open on Saturday, December 6, coinciding with their PlayStation Experience keynote presentation.
I never thought I’d refer to the original color scheme of the first generation PlayStation as gorgeous, but there’s something about this throwback console that hits all the right notes. From the gray backdrop and individually numbered 20th anniversary plaque to the PS4 blue bar peeking through with the old rainbow accents, this is a fantastic looking console.
In addition to the console, Sony also released 20th anniversary themes for all three active PlayStation consoles (PS4, PS3, PS Vita). Featuring the same gray throwback tones and rainbow colored icons, the theme is a tasteful way to show some love for the original PlayStation. Those who choose to use the theme on PS4 are in for a nice little audible surprise as well.
So thank you Sony, for taking a chance on the PlayStation. It was a system that truly was a turning point for video games.