"Metal Slime" PS4 Coming to Japan

Japan getting yet another custom console.

Japan is getting yet another custom PlayStation 4. Sony has announced a special "Metal Slime" console for Japan, which is being released to mark the launch of Dragon Quest Heroes, an upcoming hack-and-slash action role-playing game in the style of Dynasty Warriors.

The smiling slime blob featured on the PS4 itself is a removable USB cover, not a permanent fixture, Joystiq reports. Sony has not said when the Metal Slime PS4 will be available in Japan (Dragon Quest Heroes itself is launching sometime in 2015) or what it will cost. It's also unclear if the special system will ever makes its way to the United States or Europe.

Sony announced the new PS4 model during a special press conference yesterday. This event also provided confirmation that Persona 5 is coming to PS4, a launch date for Bloodborne in Japan, and news that the PS4 and PlayStation Vita are finally getting theme support. Capcom's Resident Evil: Revelations 2 was also officially confirmed during the show.

The Metal Slime PS4 is not the first custom console revealed for Japan. Following the massive success of Disney's Frozen, Sony announced a limited-edition system based on the movie with laser-engravings of the movie's heroes, Elsa and Anna.

The only PS4 available in the United States and Europe right now is the standard black model. However, this will change next week when Sony launches a $450 white console with Bungie's new shooter, Destiny.

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Discussion

134 comments
Orgodemir
Orgodemir

Never understimate the Japanese' love for Dragon Quest. I'm sure the reason it's Japan only is because DQ is their COD. (In terms of popularity) It's like us getting a COD themed system. I like DQ but unfortunately my interests aren't shared wide enough for DQ to be released on US consoles outside of handhelds and spin offs.

metrosdawn
metrosdawn

I'm sorry but the design reminds me of POO

jark888
jark888

PS4 custom console will arrive to US only in our dreams. As long as 30 day product returning law is there, Sony wouldn't have a gut to do it. Prove me wrong Sony, and I'll be glad you do.

xboxonly1
xboxonly1

it would be cool if the slime wasn't plastered all over it, looks ugly as hell because of that.

RossRichard
RossRichard

Bah I want one. I wish Dragon Quest caught on in North America.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I love the mod above - wish the slime was a 3d art paint not just a usb cover but it still looks great.  

I helped a friend mod his ps4 with a starfire mandarin orange gold/silver metallic paint job. The thing glows- it is pretty wild, and its size helps the paint have heft when you look into it. The hardest part was it took a day trying to take the ps4 and controller apart and that is with the help of websites. We used a kiln dryer but it still took 9 days. Also couldn't paint he touch part of controller.  I would love to know someone that could paint game art, we know a tattoo artist but he not really into game characters. 

kane6911
kane6911

sony really doesnt care about if you live in the USA the way it looks like now. oh well not my problem

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

Don't care about the game, but that's by far the best custom console I've seen. I want one... 

DrKill09
DrKill09

...why is there a Hershey Kiss with eyes on the side of the console?

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

I want ps4 but i wont buy it at current price point it not worth it to me. for 399$ i get console slightly better then my PC at best of scenarios and for 399$ i can get the part to build PC that will run circles around both.


I gona wait to revision start and the  fabrication method shrinks. ps4 is far to loud for something using a mobile cpu/apu which imo was bad mistake. dont get me wrong i like the ps4 but when i borrowed it for 3 months i didnt find it worth the money.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

I wonder if I can just purchase the little creature that covers your USB ports.

straightcur
straightcur

I don't see why products are regionalized still. Just put it up for sale online and let anyone around the world buy it.  Regionalization makes no sense anymore.

rasterror
rasterror

Please Sony, bring this to the US. In fact if you sell a Patapon or Parappa themed PS4 then I'll buy two.

tarp_master
tarp_master

I thought Nintendo had a monopoly on the Dragon Quest series nowadays?

dani_i89
dani_i89

That's 1 ugly controller.....and design on the PS4. Japan can have it. I'm sure that will sell like hot cakes over there.

Mike_24_7
Mike_24_7

yes give that slimy sony the slime console

adsparky
adsparky

I like this one, but I'm disappointed with that Dragon Quest game, I really want another one like Dragon Quest 8, sigh... but that is asking for too much, that game is awesome.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I'll wait until they make a Metal Babble edition.

phili878
phili878

PS4 is crap so who cares

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

And the good thing is, you can import it from Japan and play western games on it because there's no region lock! Wow!

Wouldn't it be great if this console had some games to play? Just imagine... playing games on a metal slime PS4... whoa... greatness...

rmiller365
rmiller365

That's freaking awesome! I want one!

lostn
lostn

I don't understand Japan's DW obsession.

cboye18
cboye18

Man that black touchpad makes the controller ugly regardless of the color....

Mandrew257
Mandrew257

The only way I'll get another PS4 is if it's a Persona 5 Limited Edition.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

damnit, for a minute there i was hoping that this meant that a new official entry in the dragon quest series was coming out for ps4.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Not interested in getting murdered by a T-1000.

Keep this thing out of my house

nikon133
nikon133

@tsunami2311 I'm not sure you can get a PC with BD, 7850/70 class graphics, 8GB of GDDR5, OS, controller (which is, at least here in NZ, much more expensive than basic keyboard and mouse) for that money... but power to you if you can.


Looking at New Zealand prices... Playstation 4 can be found in respectable shop for NZ$550. I paid mine $640 back in early March.


So I slapped together a PC with comparable specs from gaming perspective (we all know that PC can be used for many other things, but let's talk gaming here). Some parts are a bit weaker, some a bit stronger... they should average reasonably well. All parts are from shop called Playtech, which is good, respectable shop that operates for long time and has good pricing - not the cheapest possible, but still very reasonable.


AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini Quad-Core 2.05GHz:   $89.00

I think this CPU will underperform compared to 8-core 1.6GHz PS4 CPU, but we will compensate this with a bit stronger graphics

Asus AM1M-A AMD Socket AM1 mATX Motherboard:     $69.00

Very basic mobo, no money waste here
 

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB):         $119.00

Reliable brand, but otherwise cheapest option they have here
 

Western Digital Blue WD5000LPVX 500GB:         $75.00

No frills here


GIGABYTE GV-R927OC-2GD Radeon R9 270 2GB:    $259.00

This card should be in line with ATI 7870. PS4 is between 7850 and 7870, some say it leans more one way, some the other... but with weaker CPU in this PC, I think GPU balances well, even if it is a bit stronger


Generic case + PSU:                $100.00

I'd personally never buy case/PSU like this, but OK; we don't have any controll over quality of PSU and cooling in PS4 either


Asus BC-12D2HT 12x Blu-ray Reader + 16x DVDRW     $119.00

This doubles as DVDRW also, but that is not of any benefit to gaming. There's no cheaper BD reader here


Logitech MK330 Wireless Combo            $48.00

Very basic and much cheaper than PS4 controller.


Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM        $160.00

You cannot really game with Linux, not yet... so this is a must


When you put all this together, you get to NZ$1,038.00. That is much more than what I paid for PS4, and even more than what you pay today. Granted, you could shed another NZ$100 - 200 by taking no-name parts from shady shops that pop up and disappear overnight, but I think that my choice is more than reasonable. And even at this price - mostly due to PC games not getting same optimization as console titles - this machine, I believe, will not be as good as PS4. Or even XBO.


Sure, PC will have many other uses... but for someone who does not need full-size desktop PC - say for people who already have laptop, iMac... - console is quite reasonable choice for gaming purposes.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

@tarp_master Maybe this means there is hope for DQ coming back to consoles/sony again. cause FF is trash these days and DQ only thing they didnt mess with yet

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

@dani_i89 what a pathetic little jealous loser, go cry into your pillow Timmy it will be alright lol.

rasterror
rasterror

@phili878 I can't stand moronic fanboys like you. If you don't care for the PS4 then why bother posting? You're only gonna annoy people and get swarmed by a bunch a people. Turn to the exit, walk out, and don't come back. What a pathetic tr0ll.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@phili878 I believe 10 million people and counting care tremendously. 

wookiegr
wookiegr

@phili878 Yes, DAMN Sony for making a the most powerful console on the market making the Xbox One look like a joke!! DAMN THEM TO HELL!!!

adsparky
adsparky

@Tiwill44 Indeed. right now, it practically doesn't have many exclusives, but games are starting to pop-up, just look at the news section; Persona 5, bloodborne, even multiplatform games; it probably isn't the best choice right now, but by the end of the next year it would be "the option" if u want the most variety of games.

frozengrudge
frozengrudge

@Tiwill44 Natural Doctrine,Yakuza : Restoration  and Infamous : Second Son will surely be enough to keep occupied this September. Believe it or not, high profile games are starting to trickle into the PS4. 

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

@lostn Just like they don't understand the annual FPS and sports releases among many examples. Or ho we don't understand their obsession with dating sims. Just differences in culture.

warriors30
warriors30

@cboye18 Yeah... I'd prefer a slightly darker shade of grey, instead of this "harsh" black contrast. 

Know what I'm saying? I'm talking COLORS, man!

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Considering your name is John, I'm not surprised you don't want it.

Orgodemir
Orgodemir

@nikon133 @tsunami2311 I don't know why people compare PC to consoles. It's completely different. It's not even meant to be the same thing. There are games on both I enjoy and they are different experiences. Of course an upgradable machine will always be ahead of a console. Plus the exclusives are different. It's like comparing a 3ds to a tablet. The most hilarious thing about the "PC master race" is that they will play a mediocre game because it has great graphics. The most popular PC games ( Dota, LoL, Counterstrike, TF2, Minecraft, WoW, etc.) could all be run on current gen consoles easily. I just don't get this superiority complex of pc only gamers. I have a fantastic PC that I recently built and I find myself playing older games. I guess I could play Crysis in 4k, but it wouldn't make it a better game. My 2 cents on the whole PC master race bs. 

dani_i89
dani_i89

Ouch. That hurts. Why would I be jealous of something I could afford, but do not want? Trust this design to be all the rage in Japan....

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@wookiegr Well if it was true when the system launched, it's still true today. What exactly came out since then, other than a remastered PS3 game and an Infamous expansion?

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@Tiwill44 @wookiegr And what prey tell does the competition have besides timed exclusive, and remastered games, if you are going to comment on one then just be honest with yourself and comment on the other.