How much would you pay for a PlayStation 4?
In Japan, the usual answer is 40,000 yen, or $340. But someone just spent $129,000 for one.
For the 20th anniversary of its console last year, Sony sold 12,300 retro-themed Playstation 4 units in a classic gray color scheme matching that of the original PlayStation. (The new generation is all in black and white.) The retro gray models were only a tad more expensive than the regular machines, but the No. 00001 unit had a special cachet.
In an auction last weekend, that unit closed with a final bid of 15.14 million yen, or $129,000.
“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.
The PlayStation 4 has sold more than 18.5 million units since it was introduced in November 2013, and has historically beaten competitors in sales, including Nintendo’s Wii U and Microsoft Xbox One. However, reduced prices for Microsoft’s console helped it trump Sony’s offering around last year’s holiday season.