At this past Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony quietly announced that they will be releasing a 20th Anniversary Edition of the DulaShock 4 and PlayStation Gold Headset. So are the two limited edition products worth purchasing or are you better off with buying the other iterations of the controller and gaming headset? Let’s take a look at several aspects before you can come to a conclusion.
About the 20th Anniversary
The anniversary celebration can be somewhat confusing as Sony celebrated the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation brand in 2014 as well with the release of a limited edition console. The system comes with the same “Original Gray” DualShock 4 as the upcoming standalone release.
The original PlayStation system came out first in Japan in 1994. The same console would arrive a year in Europe and North America. Thus, there are two 20th anniversaries for Playstation.
The 20th Anniversary Edition DualShock 4 is priced the same, in terms of MSRP, as the other non Jet Black color variations. You can find the current price of the upcoming color with this link from Amazon.
The 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation Gold Headset also has the same MSPR as the regular Jet Black color. You can find the price tag for the forthcoming gaming headset via this page.
About the DualShock 4
The DualShock 4 is the standard controller for the PlayStation 4. It is better in just about every way (especially in terms of ergonomics, triggers and along sticks) when compared to the DualShock 3. With that said, the rubber on the sticks tend to wear out over time. So it is a good idea to have a spare pad just in case. Not to mention that there are some fun local multiplayer games on the PS4. Aside from the color, the 20th Anniversary Edition is the same as the other variations of the DualShock 4.
About the PlayStation Gold Headset
Not many gamers have the ability to take advantage of surround sound, which really changes the immersion of a game like The Last of Us Remastered and Grand Theft Auto V. The PlayStation Gold Headsets offer an affordable way to experience 7.1 Virtual Support Sound. Sony is also providing constant support with game profile updates via the free Headset Companion App, which can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store.
So, if you don’t have a way to play games with surround sound, you should definitely check out the PlayStation Gold Headset. The only real issue is that the hinge tend to crack over time. The 20th Anniversary Edition is the same as the standard Jet Black and Glacier White version.
Original Gray Color
The biggest reason to buy the 20th Anniversary Editions of the DualShock 4 and PlayStation Gold Headset is the color. Both products use the same “Original Gray” color scheme as the aforementioned PS1 system. The controller also uses the four-color PlayStation family logo as the “PS” button while the headset has the same logo located on the left and right sides of its headband. You can check out some glamour shots of the two below this paragraph.
It is unknown how limited both products will be. However, Sony only released 12,300 units of the 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation 4 system. So, just to be safe, it may be best to purchase the limited edition controller and headset as soon as possible.
The 20th Anniversary Editions of the DualShock 4 and PlayStation Gold Headset do not offer anything different, in terms of features, as the other versions of the same product. With that said, if you have some nostalgia for the original PS1 and/or a collector, then the limited edition accessories are worth checking out.
If you are interested, you can preorder the 20th Anniversary Edition DualShock 4 with this link and the 20th Anniversary Edition PlayStation Gold Headset via this page. The two accessories are slated to come out sometime in September in the North American region.