PlayStation® in Partnership with Naughty Dog Auction Rare Signed 20th Anniversary Console In Aid of You Can
18 March, 2016 – Sydney, Australia: Sony Computer Entertainment Australia is auctioning a very rare[i] 20th anniversary PlayStation®4 console signed by the top ‘dogs’ of critically acclaimed software developer, Naughty Dog, in aid of You Can, Sony Foundation’s youth cancer cause.
There are only two signed consoles in existence and players can bid for one on eBay from 14:00 AEDT Friday 18 March. The auction will close at 14:00 AEDT Wednesday 23 March where one lucky bidder will take this priceless possession home.
All money raised will go to Sony Foundation’s national youth cancer project, You Can, an initiative that funds specialised youth cancer centres around Australia.
About the 20th Anniversary PS4® Console signed by Naughty Dog
With only 12,300 consoles in existence, and one of only 150 in Australia, this very special edition grey 20th anniversary PS4® is made even more collectible as it bares signatures from videogame royalty including:
- Christophe Balestra – Co President Naughty Dog
- Evan Wells – Co President Naughty Dog
- Neil Druckmann – Creative Director (The Last of Us, UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End)
- Bruce Straley – Game Director (The Last of Us, UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End)
Console features include:
- Signed by Christophe Ballestra, Evan Wells, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley
- The original coloured PlayStation® family logo
- A unique, individually numbered, etched aluminium plate
- An exclusive 20th anniversary design – featuring the iconic PlayStation® symbols
- A PS4® system in original PlayStation® grey
- Exclusive 20th anniversary presentation packaging
- Certificate of authenticity
Naughty Dog is the critically acclaimed studio responsible for creating seminal titles including the Crash Bandicoot franchise, The Last of Us and the UNCHARTEDfranchise with the highly anticipated UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End due for release 10th May 2016. Naughty Dog has received high banter for the series for its deeply engaging storylines, compelling visuals and emotionally developed characters.
Sophie Ryan, CEO, Sony Foundation Australia says, “Alongside our partner PlayStation Australia, we are pleased to auction this unique item to help build much-needed youth cancer centres. Sadly too many young Australians with cancer are falling through the gaps of our medical system. We are working to change this and improve survival rates with care for 16 to 25 year olds”.
Michael Ephraim, Managing Director Sony Computer Entertainment Australia says: “Naughty Dog as a studio is truly admired by everyone in the gaming industry and we are pleased to partner with them to create this unique auction. We hope players get involved and bid on this priceless console for a truly great cause.”
The auction will close at this year’s fundraising event River4Ward taking place on the 23rd of March in Melbourne, which will see performances from Sony Music artists including Australian music icon Daryl Braithwaite, Jessica Mauboy and Cyrus. Thanks to last year’s inaugural River4Ward, Australia’s third ‘You Can’ centre is currently under construction at the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Melbourne and is due to open in July this year.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd.
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). SCEE, based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®4 (PS4®) computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system, PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and PSN software and hardware in 109 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE has revolutionised home entertainment since they launched PlayStation® in 1994. PlayStation®4 redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalisation and deeply integrated social capabilities. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. PS3® is an advanced computer system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PSP® is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio. SCEE also delivers the PlayStation® experience to open operating systems through PlayStation®Mobile, a cross device platform. SCEE, also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories.
More information about PlayStation products can be found at www.au.playstation.com
PlayStation®, PS4, PS3, PS2, PlayStation Vita and PSP are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSN is a trademark of the same company. ©2013 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. PlayStation, PS3 and PSP are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSN is a trademark of the same company. ©2013 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. ARM and Cortex are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Ltd. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is under license. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
About Sony Foundation
Sony Foundation Australia is the charitable arm of the Sony Group of Companies in Australia. Its aim is to capitalize on the unique qualities of Sony and contribute to the advancement of the Australian community by assisting its youth and fostering their talents. Since 1998 Sony Foundation has raised more than $20 million for youth related causes.