10 Rarest and Most Valuable PlayStation Consoles Ever Made

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The original PlayStation, now known as the PS1, was released in Japan in 1994. At the time, this was a risky move as the video game console market was already pretty saturated. Of course, 27 years later, PlayStation has produced some of the best-selling consoles of all time. In fact, the PS2 is the best-selling video game console of all time, having sold over 155 million units worldwide. Additionally, the PS1 was the first console from any brand to sell over 100 million units.

Over the years, PlayStation has released a number of special edition consoles across all of its generations. This list includes some of the rarest PlayStation consoles ever, many of which are impossible to find today. And the ones that can be found, are worth thousands of dollars.

As of July 2021, the information on this list is as accurate as possible and will be updated as needed.

  1. PSX
  2. Number Produced: Unknown
    Release Date: December 13, 2003
    Original Retail Price: ¥79,800 (160 GB) or ¥88,800 (250 GB)
    Current Price: $140 – $360 on various resale sites
    PSX
    photo source: Wikimedia Commons

    The PSX console, not to be confused with the original PlayStation’s codename, was one of the earliest attempts to turn a video game console into a multimedia device. Released only in Japan in 2003, the PSX was a digital video recorder with a fully integrated PS2 gaming console. The PSX could be hooked up to cable TV or linked to a PlayStation Portable. It could also play DVDs and CDs. Despite all the novel features (for the time), the PSX was a commercial failure because it cost nearly $1,000. Even today, the PSX isn’t really sought after by PlayStation collectors and one can be bought for a few hundred dollars.

    Did you know?

    Sony initially planned to release the PSX to other regions of the world, but these plans were scrapped after the poor sales in Japan.


  3. 500 Million Edition PS4 Pro
  4. Number Produced: 50,000
    Release Date: August 24, 2018
    Original Retail Price: $499.99
    Current Price: $950 – $3,000 on various resale sites
    500 Million Edition PS4 Pro
    photo source: PlayStation Blog

    Since the release of the original PlayStation, Sony has marked major milestones with limited addition consoles. In 2018, PlayStation celebrated 500 million PlayStations sold worldwide by releasing the 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro console and matching controller. Only 50,000 units were sold worldwide and of course, the console quickly sold out. This has led to incredibly high asking prices today for the 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro.

    Did you know?

    Each 500 Million Limited Edition PS4 Pro came with a commemorative copper plate on its front with its limited edition serial number and some of them had serial numbers that commemorated important events in PlayStation’s history.


  5. 20th Anniversary Edition PS4
  6. Number Produced: 12,300
    Release Date: December 2014
    Original Retail Price: $500 for bundle
    Current Price: $950 – $4,775 on various resale sites
    20th Anniversary Edition PS4
    photo source: PlayStation Blog

    PlayStation celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 and marked the occasion with a special 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 bundle. The bundle was available for pre-order and only 12,300 units were produced. The design of the 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 console and matching controller paid homage to the original gray PlayStation. The original retail price for the 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 bundle was a reasonable $500, but consoles are now selling for thousands of dollars.

    Did you know?

    It might seem strange that Sony chose to make only 12,300 20th Anniversary Edition PS4 bundles, but this number pays tribute to the PlayStation’s original release date of December 3, 1994.


  7. Hatsune Miku PS Vita
  8. Number Produced: c.10,000
    Release Date: June 28, 2012
    Original Retail Price: ¥10,000 (about $125 at the time)
    Current Price: $333 – $2,000 on various resale sites
    Hatsune Miku PS Vita
    photo source: play-asia.com

    The Hatsune Miku PS Vita is probably the rarest version of the PS Vita handheld console. It was a Japan exclusive released over the Summer of 2012. No one knows for sure how many of the Hatsune Miku PS Vitas were made, but estimates say about 10,000 or so units. The special PS Vita was all white and featured a beautiful image of popular Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku on the back. The bundle also came with a copy of  the PS Vita game Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva, original design AR card, a specially-designed screen protector, and a 4GB memory card.


  9. Taco Bell Gold PS4
  10. Number Produced: 6,500
    Release Date: September 2015
    Original Retail Price: N/A – given away as prizes
    Current Price: $500 – $4,400 on various resale sites
    Taco Bell Gold PS4
    photo source: Polygon

    Back in 2016, Sony randomly released a limited edition Gold PS4 through a giveaway run by Taco Bell. According to the giveaway, one of the Gold PS4 bundles was given away every 10 minutes from September 24 to November 4. A total of 6,500 Gold PS4 consoles were produced for the giveaway. To enter the giveaway, participants needed to purchase a $5 Big Box at participating Taco Bell locations. Each box had a code that could be texted to a special number, revealing immediately if the code was a winner.

    Did you know?

    The Taco Bell Gold PS4 console came with a matching gold and black controller and a copy of  Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which hit stores in October of that year.


  11. Net Yaroze
  12. Number Produced: couple thousand
    Release Date: June 1996
    Original Retail Price: $750
    Current Price: $1,150 – $2,000 on Ebay
    Net Yaroze
    photo source: Wikimedia Commons

    The Net Yaroze development kit was created in 1996 as Sony’s first foray into indie game development. The kit was designed by PlayStation creator Ken Kutaragi and included a special black-colored debugging PlayStation unit, a serial cable for connecting the console to a personal computer, and a CD containing PlayStation development tools. The Net Yaroze was sold for about $750.

    Official figures for the number of Net Yaroze kits sold were never released, but reportedly a few thousand were sold around the world. A number of games and demos were made by hobbyists and these games were compiled onto demo discs released with magazines such as the Official UK PlayStation Magazine and PlayStation Underground.

    Did you know?

    The Net Yaroze got its name because Yarōze means “Let’s do it together” in Japanese.


  13. 10 Million Edition PlayStation 1
  14. Number Produced: c.100
    Release Date: August 18, 1997
    Original Retail Price: N/A – given away to Sony employees or as prizes
    Current Price: $3,000 – $9,000 price paid in private sales
    10 Million Edition PlayStation 1
    photo source: consolevariations.com

    The 10 Million Edition PS1 is another mysterious and rare PlayStation console. Information regarding the console is hard to come by as it was released way back in 1997. Reportedly only 100 of these limited edition consoles were made by Sony to commemorate hitting the milestone of 10 million PS1 consoles sold around the world. Supposedly the 10 Million Edition PS1 consoles were either given away to Sony employees or given out as prizes. According to one Reddit user, the 10 Million Edition PS1 is a dark midnight blue color and has an interesting matte finish.

    Did you know?

    The 10 Million Edition PS1 came with a matching controller and memory card.


  15. Warhammer 40K: Squad Command PSP
  16. Number Produced: 6
    Release Date: November 2007
    Original Retail Price: N/A – given away as prizes
    Current Price: N/A – none currently listed on resale sites
    Warhammer 40K: Squad Command PSP
    photo source: pocketgamer.com

    To celebrate the launch of Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command for the PlayStation Portable (PSP), THQ had six limited edition PSP handheld consoles made. The Warhammer 40K: Squard Command PSP consoles were created by Games Workshop, a team of professional modelers. The only way to get one of the exclusive Warhammer PSP consoles was to enter THQ’s giveaway. Other prizes in the giveaway included a copy of the Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command game and t-shirts. So far, none of these special Warhammer 40K: Squad Command PSP consoles have come up for sale.


  17. Hitman Briefcase PS4
  18. Number Produced: 1
    Release Date: June 30, 2016
    Original Retail Price: N/A – given out as prize at charity auction
    Current Price: Unknown – purchased in private sale for unknown amount
    Hitman Briefcase PS4
    photo source: pocketgamer.com

    The Hitman Briefcase PlayStation 4 console is incredibly unique and rare. The console is an exact replica of the briefcase used by the protagonist of the Hitman games. The console was originally made in 2016 and was supposed to be given away as a prize through a giveaway held by Square Enix, Hitman’s publisher at the time. However, according to the current owner of the Hitman Briefcase PS4, the console was never actually given away due to mysterious “technical reasons.”

    So, Hitman’s developer, IO Interactive held on to the Hitman Briefcase PS4 until the company decided to include the console as a prize for a charity auction held during the 2020 Holiday Season. This time, the Hitman Briefcase PS4 was actually given to the winner of the charity auction. A few months later, this person, sold the console to Reddit user TheBlackVulture for an undisclosed amount.

    Did you know?

    No one had seen any evidence of the Hitman Briefcase PS4 since the initial Square Enix giveaway until TheBlackVulture posted about it on Reddit and YouTube.


  19. “Nintendo PlayStation”
  20. Number Produced: 1 known in existence (200 or so produced)
    Release Date: N/A – created around 1992
    Original Retail Price: N/A – never made it to retail
    Current Price: $360,000 (price paid at auction in 2020)
    “Nintendo PlayStation”
    photo source: Heritage Auctions

    Before Sony released the PlayStation 1 in 1994, one of the company’s engineers, Ken Kutaragi, had become interested in working on video games after watching his daughter play with Nintendo’s Famicon (the earliest version of the Nintendo Entertainment System). Kutaragi actually secured a partnership with Nintendo and a prototype, officially called the Super NES CD-ROM System, was developed. Reportedly 200 or so of these prototypes were made, but they never made it to retail as the partnership fell through.

    For years, the Super NES CD-ROM System, which is commonly called the “Nintendo PlayStation,” was only known through stories about the PlayStation’s history. However, in 2015, rumors popped up that a Nintendo PlayStation prototype had been found. After some reviews, the system was deemed legitimate. This is the only known Nintendo PlayStation in existence, making it the rarest PlayStation console ever in the world. The owner of the Nintendo PlayStation, Terry Diebold, held onto the console for years before selling it through Heritage Auctions in 2020 for $360,000.

    Did you know?

    This Nintendo PlayStation reportedly belonged to former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson and it was left behind during Ólafsson’s time with Advanta, a banking company. Terry Diebold was a former Advanta employee who obtained the Nintendo PlayStation as part of a lot during Advanta’s 2009 bankruptcy auction.

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