'GayStation 4' auction raises thousands for LGBT charity

We've seen plenty of customised games consoles over the years - and we've usually stared in jealousy at those who get to own them - but there's something pretty special about the latest one to come out, so to speak. 

The 'PS4 GayStation Edition' - or 'GayStation 4', if you prefer - is a Sony PlayStation 4 with a striking rainbow paint-job, and you'll get no prizes for guessing that, in the words of those who created it, "this is for the gaymers". The one-off console was designed for the Stockholm Pride Festival, and auctioned by Swedish tech retailer Webhallen. 

The 500GB PS4 GS4 included four games, and as Polygon reports, the auction raised 28,300 SEK (around $4,120 USD / €3,070 EUR) - considerably more than the standard price of a PS4, which typically retails for around $399/€399. 

Every penny of the proceeds from the auction is being donated to RFSL Newcomers, a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees and migrants "who have fled persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression". Four thousand bucks is certainly some serious money for a console, but since it was for such a good cause, it's great to see that so much was raised. 

Frankly, if it was a bit closer to our budgets, we wouldn't mind buying a PS4 or Xbox One with that fabulous paint-job ourselves. Sony, Microsoft - we're ready when you are.

Source: Polygon / Tradera (auction page) | image via Webhallen

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Did you even read the damn article? the charity is as follows:

A charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees and migrants "who have fled persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression".

So it has a specific purpose - it isn't some sort of general purpose catch all charity for LGBT rights.

chrisj1968 said,
With the gains of gays and lesbians with same sex marriage..
Thanks for recognising that, Only a matter of time before every state ban dies.

If you have to assign same-sex sexual orientation to inanimate objects in order to increase sales and visibility then how good of a product is it really? And before liberally brainwashed childish trolls screech "i smell a bigot", just know that I am one whom Sony sought to engage with with said gaystation. I'm here to state that there's a growing swath of homosexuals who think that it is insulting to just slap a rainbow and the word "gay" on it to get us D.I.N.K's (dual-income no kids) to crack open our wallets. I know Sony is hurting and I like their stuff (just avoid their computers!) but gimmicks like this will hurt the brand over the long term since I don't wish to support products and services that only see me as a rainbow-colored wallet.

DATmafia: read the bloody article:

RFSL Newcomers is a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees and migrants "who have fled persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression".

Using the word 'gay' to describe something you feel is dumb, stupid, pathetic, or silly ... is dumb, stupid, pathetic and silly. :-P

Nik L said,
It raised a lot of money for a charity.
You made a stupid comment.

Which one is dumb?

MOST charities campaings are simple scam, inefectives or simply backfires, for example, sponsoring a dictator in a "banana country".

The GayStation 4 was an auction initiated in Sweden, and over here all letters are accepted in the general public at least. If you don't accept "gay", it's getting to the point that you wouldn't accept "lesbian" either (i.e. then you're radically religious or radically right wing, etc), and I think that's cool.

The cultural rift in this regard is kind of apparent in this thread... :(

pmbAustin said,
thinking that homosexuality is a 'choice' is just plain ignorant.

Well they were certainly not "born" that way, that's already been 100% proven with unbiased and peer-reviewed scientific research found in mainstream scientific journals and databases.

pmbAustin said,
Homophobia is gay.

The word homophobia denotes fear, I have yet to meet a single person who is afraid of homosexuals.

Order_66 said,

Well they were certainly not "born" that way, that's already been 100% proven with unbiased and peer-reviewed scientific research found in mainstream scientific journals and databases.

Well, no, it's not 100% proven, sorry. And yes, they basically are (sexual orientation is determined pretty much by one year old). You're just wrong here.

And you're taking "phobia" too literally... but yeah, there's fear there in a lot of anti-gay people... but it's just a word that means "anti-gay". And it sounds like you're pretty much one of those homophobic ignorant bigots yourself. Because only a homophobe would parrot and assert any of the B.S. you've done here.

I assure you I know more about the topic than you apparently ever will.

Order_66 said,

Well they were certainly not "born" that way, that's already been 100% proven with unbiased and peer-reviewed scientific research found in mainstream scientific journals and databases.

Thats completely untrue. The opposite has been proven. It's also been proven gay peoples brains work differently in PET and MRI brain scans. But i'm not surprised to see such a narrow minded ignorant comment from you.

pmbAustin said,

Well, no, it's not 100% proven, sorry. And yes, they basically are (sexual orientation is determined pretty much by one year old).

Any link to documented evidence?

You don't know how to use Google? Just stay away from highly biased right-wing anti-gay sources...

Homosexuality is completely natural and is found in nature in almost every animal it's every been looked for in... from Dolphins to apes to birds to insects.

Homophobia is found only in one species. Now tell me again which is "natural"?

Order_66 said,

Well they were certainly not "born" that way, that's already been 100% proven with unbiased and peer-reviewed scientific research found in mainstream scientific journals and databases.

So about that Exodus International Implosion...

pmbAustin said,

Well, no, it's not 100% proven, sorry. And yes, they basically are (sexual orientation is determined pretty much by one year old). You're just wrong here.


Kindly cite the peer-reviewed, mainstream scientific document that denotes conclusive and peer-accepted research has shown within -.05% margin of error that people are "born" gay.

Since you claim to know so much about this topic then this should be easy for you to do.

AtriusNY said,
Why would you be so obsessed with gays unless you have such urges?

Because that could be the only reason for such an obsession... Or maybe that's only people who dress in blue vests and take selfies for their profile pics on news sites. See where I'm going with this? Let's keep it scientific and not ridiculous, please. As far as being gay goes; to each their own and more power to them.

No I don't see where you are going with this. I am gay and that's my facebook profile pic nothing special for Neowin.

And I have no idea what you mean with keeping it scientific. And there is no such expression in English like "keeping something not ridiculous", so I don't know what you mean with that one either.

AtriusNY said,
Why would you be so obsessed with gays unless you have such urges?

No need to get worked up. This whole article is lit with mild humour.

Edited by d5aqoëp, Aug 5 2014, 5:07pm :

AtriusNY said,
No I don't see where you are going with this. I am gay and that's my facebook profile pic nothing special for Neowin.

And I have no idea what you mean with keeping it scientific. And there is no such expression in English like "keeping something not ridiculous", so I don't know what you mean with that one either.

All I was saying is that just because someone says something it doesn't make them anything... your initial statement was pure speculation and based on no facts whatsoever. Just as the observations I made have no bearing whatsoever on whether you're straight, gay or a coffee table.

AtriusNY said,
Why would you be so obsessed with gays unless you have such urges?

Why are you insinuating hes gay because Gamer sounds like Gaymer? I have no problem with Gay people just dont go forcing it on other people. I still dont understand why they have a LGBT community anyway, for years gay people cry out to be left alone etc etc then go and shout about how fabulous it is to be gay. Hardly

mcloum said,
I still dont understand why they have a LGBT community anyway, for years gay people cry out to be left alone etc etc then go and shout about how fabulous it is to be gay. Hardly

Just a hint: Not every homosexual is the same, acts the same and wants the same things. 'Wanting to be left alone' => don't want to be prosecuted anymore and have the same rights as everyone else, it doesn't contradict them now living more openly, quite the opposite. I also find it highly amusing what some consider 'forcing it on others'. Seems many in here can't deal even with the mere mention that something like this exists, it's a bit baffling.

just a bit. and what does the LGBT community need a charity for? they already have all of Hollywood and the entire university system behind them....

seta-san said,
just a bit. and what does the LGBT community need a charity for? they already have all of Hollywood and the entire university system behind them....

Yeah, what i was thinking. Why is there even a gay charity?

seta-san said,
just a bit. and what does the LGBT community need a charity for? they already have all of Hollywood and the entire university system behind them....

RTFA.
a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees and migrants "who have fled persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression".

seta-san said,
just a bit. and what does the LGBT community need a charity for? they already have all of Hollywood and the entire university system behind them....

I would imagine to provide support to people who need it, i can't see Hollywood / Universities doing that for your average person. The article states "a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees and migrants "who have fled persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression"."

Hum said,
I'd think that 'GayStation' would put off buyers a bit.

Huh, why? It's a fun play with words and relevant since it's aimed for gays or those supporting those who are gay. I think it's a fun, light hearted initiative!

Edit: Yes, and BTW; the LGBT community is still having a pretty hard time everywhere except by the most progressive few countries.

Edited by Northgrove, Aug 5 2014, 10:16am :

Tha Bloo Monkee said,

RTFA.


Seta is the resident bigot. Best ignore his type. FYi...theyre refugees from country's where seta's people come from, and would murder and kill gay people(among others) just for being different, just like he would if he hide behind a keyboard.

Also funny point about the universities, i guess education scares your type also.

sdyaris said,
When will we see the StraightStation?
Hopefully never. The whole point of the GayStation is to promote the rights of gay people, who are often discriminated again. That simply doesn't apply to straight people.

sdyaris said,
So either only one select group is discriminated against or straight people don't have rights?
The whole point is that straight people have more rights and opportunities than gay people. To suggest otherwise is disingenuous, if not offensive.

The equality of provision doesn't necessarily mean the equality of outcome, hence reverse discrimination seeks to address that. Once equality is achieved products like this become unnecessary.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Hopefully never. The whole point of the GayStation is to promote the rights of gay people, who are often discriminated again. That simply doesn't apply to straight people.

How are they discriminated against? they have the exact same rights and privileges as normal people.

Order_66 said,

How are they discriminated against? they have the exact same rights and privileges as normal people.

Wow are you ignorant. Not even close. You can get fired in most states just for being gay. You can't marry the person you love in more than half the states. Marriage confers over a thousand specific rights, privileges, and responsibilities, many of which cannot be obtained in ANY other way (for instance, a married person is Constitutionally protected from being forced to testify against their spouse). Gays are discriminated against in hiring, education, etc.

I'm not sure how you can be so ignorant, so self-absorbed and clueless, that you thing gay people in this country don't suffer discrimination.

Never mind other countries where their relationships are criminalized and punishable by jail-time, torture, and even death.

Wake up and educate yourself.

And gay people are "normal people", thanks. So are female people, black people, Hispanic people, catholic people, jewish people, etc, etc. Might want to watch your word choice... it reveals a lot about how you think, and it's not all good.

sdyaris said,
When will we see the StraightStation?

It's called the PS4.

Just like "Straight Pride Day" is called "every single day of the year".

pmbAustin said,

And gay people are "normal people", thanks. So are female people, black people, Hispanic people, catholic people, jewish people, etc, etc. Might want to watch your word choice... it reveals a lot about how you think, and it's not all good.

I was enjoying the light hearted tone of this topic until I read your post and a few others:
"Might want to watch your word choice"; why? Why the hysterical labelling, and non sequiturs? What happened to free and open debate?
A very dark shadow reminiscent of the 1930s has begun to descend on us: clouding judgement, choking reason, and polarising opinion. Don't release the genies again: a lot of very brave people had to put them back last time.

* On a lighter note: female people??

pmbAustin said,

Wow are you ignorant. Not even close. You can get fired in most states just for being gay. You can't marry the person you love in more than half the states. Marriage confers over a thousand specific rights, privileges, and responsibilities, many of which cannot be obtained in ANY other way (for instance, a married person is Constitutionally protected from being forced to testify against their spouse). Gays are discriminated against in hiring, education, etc.

I'm not sure how you can be so ignorant, so self-absorbed and clueless, that you thing gay people in this country don't suffer discrimination.

Never mind other countries where their relationships are criminalized and punishable by jail-time, torture, and even death.

Wake up and educate yourself.

And gay people are "normal people", thanks. So are female people, black people, Hispanic people, catholic people, jewish people, etc, etc. Might want to watch your word choice... it reveals a lot about how you think, and it's not all good.

Oh yes those silly "female people", I was going to spend a few seconds debunking your lies, half truths, rumors and fear-mongering but your "female people" comment cost you the thread already.

Order_66 said,

Oh yes those silly "female people", I was going to spend a few seconds debunking your lies, half truths, rumors and fear-mongering but your "female people" comment cost you the thread already.


That's a shame I could have used a good laugh. Oh well keep on telling yourself you haven't lost America, That you haven't lost the debate, That you haven't lost the new generation of Americans and That state law trumps federal rulings.

When reality (roe v wade * 1000) collides with your delusions ill enjoy feasting on your tears and cries of judicial tyranny.

What a time to be alive.

Edited by TPreston, Aug 6 2014, 9:58pm :

Order66, you can't debunk anything because I didn't tell any lies or half-truths, or rumors or engage in any fear-mongering. Face it. You're just wrong, and an ignorant bigot.

And I'm sorry you didn't understand the "female people" comment... apparently "context" is something above your head.

You really seriously need to educate yourself. You're mind is full of propaganda, lies, and ignorant bigotry. And it's really offensive.