The Last of Us Variant Guide

Written by Dan Gomez



The Last of Us released on June 14, 2013. At the time, the Sony Computer Entertainment headquarters were based in Foster City California. They would later relocate their entire operations to San Mateo California. The initial printing of the game would bear the Foster City address, while copies printed after their move would bear the San Mateo address. While there are a few other differences between the two printings, such as the ESRB rating design (Black vs White header), the address changes are the most objective and least prone to cause confusion.

The Last of Us got both a 250GB and 500GB PS3 Slim console bundle. It’s not clear why, but some consoles contain copies of The Last of us with and without a UPC barcode. It’s also not clear which came first at this time. Sony also released a bundle that included both The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins, but those came in paperboard sleeves, not Blu-ray cases. 

and finally, here is the population report you’ve all been asking for. As you can see, first print Foster City copies of the game are very hard to find in high grade. 2nd print San Mateo copies are more easily obtained, though a perfect 10 A++ is not easily obtained as only 3 have been graded thus far. We don’t generally see too may NFR copies, but out of the small number that have been submitted, the UPC variant has been seen more often.