The PlayStation brand has just reached an astounding milestone. Sony announced today that their lineup of video game hardware, which began with the original PlayStation back in 1994, has combined for well over 500 million total sales. This number includes sales of home consoles as well as handhelds like the PSP and Vita.

According to their recent blog post, the official total now stands at 525.3 million units. Sony achieved this lofty number in just under 24 years, which means the company has averaged nearly 22 million hardware units sold per year since the debut of the original PlayStation. The first and second PlayStation consoles make up nearly half of this total, selling 102.49 million units and 155 million units, respectively.

In celebration of this milestone, Sony is releasing a limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro console. This translucent beauty will be available in a special bundle that includes a matching DualShock 4 controller (which can also be purchased separately), but there's only 50,000 of them, so they won't last long! Here's Sony's breakdown of everything you can expect from this collector's item.

"As translucent colors are always a fan-favorite, this is a great opportunity to bring this color to the PlayStation 4 Pro system as a 'thank you' to our fans. To celebrate this exceptional milestone, we are announcing today a global release of the 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro, featuring a translucent dark blue console shell and matching DualShock 4 wireless controller, PlayStation Camera, Vertical Stand and mono headset. This PS4 Pro also comes with a massive 2TB hard drive for you to store tons of games, apps, videos, screenshots and more. It will be available for $499.99 USD (MSRP) / $639.99 CAD (MSRP), and will be limited to 50,000 units worldwide.

"In addition, each system will have a commemorative copper plate on its front, with its limited edition serial number etched on. And, for the very lucky few who can get them, we have a few 'extra special' hardware units with serial numbers that commemorate important events in the history of PlayStation. Keep your eyes peeled for these 'extra special' serial numbers like 09995 (U.S. Launch Date of the original PlayStation – September 9th, 1995), 01115 (U.S. launch date of PS4 – November 15, 2013) and 01013 (U.S. launch date of PS VR – October 13, 2016).

"The 500 Million Limited Edition DualShock 4 will also be available as a standalone for $64.99 USD (MSRP) / $74.99 CAD (MSRP). What's more, a 500 Million Limited Edition Gold Wireless Headset featuring the same dark blue translucent design with copper detailing, will be available separately at $99.99 USD (MSRP) / $119.99 CAD (MSRP).

"The limited edition PS4 Pro will be available on retailer websites starting August 24 – check out the PS.com page for the list of participating retailer websites in the U.S. and Canada. The limited edition DS4 and Gold Wireless Headset will be available in select retailers across the U.S. and Canada in early September. Please note, these special hardware units will be available in very, very, limited quantities." — Sony

Sony also released two videos to highlight the console. The first is primarily a sizzle reel of all the great games that helped the PlayStation brand surpass half a billion sales. The second is an unboxing video that gets up close and personal with the hardware itself. You can check them both out by clicking below.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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