will be available as a physical product in CD and vinyl formats. The 6 panel digipak will be limited to 250,000 pieces worldwide, each individually numbered, and will include a DVD of NIN performing five live tracks from ''The Slip'' at rehearsals, a 24-page booklet, and an exclusive sticker pack. The CD is to be released July 22, 2008 in the US and Canada, and released July 21, 2008 in the UK and Europe.
Originally, the physical product was intended to be released on July 22, 2008 in the US, Canada, and Japan as a numbered, CD/DVD package, limited to 250,000 units with the UK, Europe, and Australian unnumbered editions to be released on July 21, 2008, with the same content as the North American and Japanese editions. It is not known at this time why the decision was made for the numbers produced to be reduced.
The double gatefold vinyl release contains one 180-gram LP and a 24-page booklet. Unlike the CD release, the vinyl is not numbered. It
will be released in the US and Canada on august 5th, 2008, and in the UK and Europe on August 4th, 2008.
On July 16, 2008, [[Trent Reznor]] posted two images of the physical product on nin.com. The post was entitled "The Beginning and the End." The first image shows him holding two copies of the album, hiding his face behind them. The second image shows the backs of both CDs. The one in back reads 1/250,000 and the one in front reads 250,000/250,000.