These limited edition consoles are basically made to snag potential PS3 buyers with a big title they probably know of. It’s a great idea and I’m sure it works. The other plus is for the hardcore collectors. Buying a limited console with the intent of keeping in your collection sealed is quite a big purchase. Still, these systems are beautiful and there are extras included that cannot be found anywhere else.
Final Fantasy VII Cloud Black Edition
This bundle was released with the extended and retouched version of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Inside, you get the 160GB console (with an embedded Cloud Wolf emblem), Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Blu-Ray movie, Final Fantasy XIII trial version, and one dual shock controller. It’s a great package and the console is beautiful. You can check out the auction here on eBay. Please note that this is the Japanese console which can play games from any region (as do all PS3’s) but this cannot play North American DVD’s. Blu-Ray discs from any region will work.
Metal Gear Solid 4 Gun Metal Grey Edition
This is full of extras… inside, aside from the console and controller, you get a copy of Metal Gear Solid 4 (limited edition), an exclusive Blu-ray disc with two hours of extra content, including a Making of MGS4 documentary (includes a behind the scenes featurette called Hideo Kojima’s Gene), and the official MGS4 soundtrack (with 16 never-before-released pieces by game composers Harry Gregson-Williams, Nobuko Toda, and Ennio Morricone). The image in the auction also seems to include an Eyetoy camera, but I have not heard of this being part of the MGS4 Limited Edition PS3. This limited bundle (factory sealed) is available here on eBay.
Ceramic White Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Edition
The extra in this box, aside from the beautiful limited paint job, is a preview of Final Fantasy XIV. This may seem like a small extra for a limited console, but it seems the seller knew this and decided to add some extras of their own! If you buy from them, you will also get a hard cover Final Fantasy XIII post card book and an additional “promotional” item that will be shipped with the rest as a surprise (item is revealed after purchase). This whole package can be found here on limited edition consoles.