Sony has released many varieties of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, with most of the colorful designs tied to a particular game, like the bright red console for Insomniac Games’ upcoming PS4 exclusive, Spider-Man. But the company is now offering a unique PS4 Pro that’s tied to an impressive Sony milestone: a system with a translucent casing in deep blue, with copper detailing, to mark the fact that Sony has sold more than 500 million PlayStation consoles and handhelds since launching the original PlayStation in 1994.
The console, which comes with a 2 TB hard drive, is known as the 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro, and it is very limited indeed: Sony is manufacturing just 50,000 units of the bundle, which also includes a matching DualShock 4 controller and PlayStation Camera. Pre-orders for the $499.99 package went live at midnight Friday, and as you might expect, most of them are already sold out.
Sony provided Polygon with one of the consoles — No. 37,297 of 50,000, according to the engraved copper plate on the front of the unit — and after spending some time gawking at it and staring into its murky depths, we’re fascinated with the thing.
It feels like a throwback, evoking the ’90s fad of toys and tech with clear or translucent plastic shells. That includes, of course, video game hardware — heck, Sony even released translucent PS4 controllers last year in a variety of colors. Unfortunately, we didn’t have anything like those gamepads or a Funtastic Series Nintendo 64 in “Ice Blue” lying around to compare to this fancy console.
But one thing that’s notable about the 500 Million PS4 Pro is that the plastic is clear blue. While it’s a dark blue, it’s not hazy like most “clear” hardware is — in the right light, there’s nothing to obscure the innards of this high-tech piece of electronics except a bluish tint. You’ll see that for yourself in these photos.