If You Like Ellie's Tattoo, Sony Hopes You'll Like The Last of Us 2 Special Edition PS4 Pro

If You Like Ellie's Tattoo, Sony Hopes You'll Like The Last of Us 2 Special Edition PS4 Pro

Fern on the console, fern on the controller, fern on whatever you'd like.

Late-generation console bundles are always a bit of an oddity. Maybe they're good deals, but with next-gen consoles around the corner, do you really want to spend that money now? With The Last of Us Part 2 on the way, it looks like Sony's pitch for a special edition console (and accessories to match it) is aimed right at super-fans of Naughty Dog's series.

The Last of Us Part 2's limited edition PS4 Pro bundle will launch on the same day as the game, June 19, 2020, and for $399.99 will include the console, a controller, a physical copy of the game, and a code for additional content like a PS4 dynamic theme. The console and controller (the latter will also be available for separate purchase) both bear the game's logo and, reproduced with intricate engraving, Ellie's new fern tattoo first glimpsed in The Last of Us Part 2's reveal trailer.

Really, Naughty Dog and Sony are going all-in with the tattoo. At the PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog Art Director John Sweeney notes that fans have been sharing their real-life versions of Ellie's tattoo at a steady clip since the game's unveiling, calling the design "the clear choice" for a limited edition console. So, the tattoo's on the PS4 Pro, and the controller, and—if you want to purchase them separately—a limited edition Gold Wireless Headset and a Last of Us-branded Seagate 2 TB external drive. Ferns as far as the eye can see.

If you're open to the idea of a limited edition console, this is certainly a more subdued design than, say, Death Stranding's handprint-covered PS4 Pro with a matching BB pod-yellow controller, or than the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 Xbox One X, which is likely to be Microsoft's last limited-edition iteration on that console.

Actually, that's probably the takeaway here: as of this reveal, pending any big surprises from Microsoft or Sony, we've probably seen all the special edition versions of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X we're likely to see. If you're a collector or if you've just been holding out on buying a console, now you can be pretty confident another limited release won't come along for you to pine after. Then again, if having a top-end system to play games on is your concern, then you're probably better off waiting a bit to nab a PS5 or Xbox Series X... but you'll likely need to engrave your own ferns.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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