Sony will launch a limited edition PS1-themed PlayStation 4 console, the company has announced.

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Just 12,300 of the machines will be made. Each will be individually numbered.

The special edition, unveiled today at Sony's PlayStation Awards 2014 event, has been created to mark the brand's 20th anniversary.

Images show the grey-coloured console is actually covered in tiny PlayStation symbols, along with the number "20".

A similarly-coloured DualShock 4 and PlayStation Camera are also included.

The special edition will be available "in very limited supply" to pre-order in Japan and North America starting this Saturday, December 6th - when Sony holds its PlayStation Experience 2014 event.

Details will be released during the keynote speech, starting at 10:00am Pacific Time (6PM UK).

But what about Europe?

"Given this very limited production run, the 20th Anniversary Edition will not be available via traditional retail channels in the SCEE region," a statement on the EU PlayStation blog explains. "Look out for more information soon on how you can get your hands on one of these highly collectable consoles."

A Sony spokesperson told Eurogamer that more details would be shared "on the PlayStation UK channels next week".

"Today is a very special moment in our history," Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida explained. "It's been 20 years since the launch of the original PlayStation, which released in Japan on December 3rd, 1994. It seems like only yesterday! I'm so glad that we can celebrate this moment together.

"20 years is a long time! In 1994, many outsiders thought that Sony was slightly crazy to launch the original PlayStation into an incredibly competitive gaming market. Who could blame them? Sony was (and is!) famous for engineering great electronics, audio equipment, and many other consumer devices. But game consoles?!

"Sony Computer Entertainment, founded by my mentor Ken Kutaragi, was a project borne out of sincere passion and deep admiration for the craft of game development. The mid 90s were an exciting time for game developers, driven by the explosion of powerful but affordable 3D graphics rendering hardware and the birth of many young and adventurous development studios. The original PlayStation was meant to embody that sense of adventure and discovery, that sense that anything was possible.

"We sincerely thank you for joining us on our exciting 20-year journey. You have made every bump and scrape we took along the way worthwhile. And there's so much more to come! :D"

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