How much would you pay for a limited edition 20th anniversary Sony PlayStation 4? An exclusive version of the eighth-generation console just sold for 15,135,000 Japanese yen, or approximately $129,000, on Yahoo Auctions in Japan, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Tokyo, Japan-based Sony launched the auction last weekend. It began with a bid of 1 yen and received 1,585 bids. The special edition device had the appearance of the original gray PlayStation, even bearing the “00001” unit number. The device came with a matching controller that was also designed to appear like the first PlayStation controller.
"We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations," a Sony representative told the Wall Street Journal on Monday. Sony says it will donate the money to Save the Children Japan.
Only 12,300 of the special edition consoles are being produced globally. In Japan, the company used a lottery-based system to allow buyers to preorder the PlayStation 4 consoles. In Spain, 350 of the consoles were auctioned off, and all funds went to nonprofit organizations Unicef and Juegaterapia. The devices went up for sale on Saturday for $500 at the Sony Online store.
Meanwhile, the PS4 reached 18.5 million in sales in January, the company announced in a Japanese press release translated by Reuters in January. The gaming console reached the impressive figure as of Jan. 4, just days after the holiday shopping rush came to a close.
Sony also announced it had reached 10.9 million subscribers for its PlayStation Plus, up nearly 3 million from the end of October, when subscribers were at 7.9 million. PlayStation Plus is a subscription-based service that grants users access to exclusive content. It costs $50 per year.