Sony Hits 500 Million PlayStation Milestone

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The company is marking the occasion with the release of a $500 PS4 Pro special edition, which goes on sale worldwide on Aug. 24.

Sales of 81 million for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) have helped push total hardware sales of all generations of the console past the half-billion mark. To commemorate this, Sony is releasing a limited edition PS4 Pro on Aug. 24.

The PlayStation4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition will sell for $499 USD in North America, €499 in Europe and ?49,980 in Japan. The 50,000 consoles, all individually numbered, will come in a translucent dark blue design, allowing gamers to see the internal workings of the console, lit up in blue when it is switched on.

"I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the continued support from our fans and business partners, who have all contributed to PlayStation’s rich history. Without our passionate community, we would not have been able to surpass this remarkable milestone of 500 million units," said John Kodera, Sony Interactive Entertainment president, who took over at the games division last year from Andrew House.

The original PlayStation was launched in Japan at the end of 1994, selling more than 100 million units worldwide; its PS2 successor sold more than 158 million, making it the best-selling video game console of all time. The latest console, along with the portable Vita, have pushed total sales for the series to 525.3 million units of hardware.

For gamers unwilling to spend $500 on the new console, limited edition DualShock controllers and headsets will also be available.

Defying predictions of the death of console gaming due to the rise of smartphones, the PS4 has been a major driver of profits for Sony in recent years.