Not a page leaked from Sony's E3 announcement, after all, but the work of games mag PSM2 Remember the PlayStation 3 mock-up that was hurtling around the web last week? It fooled some, it baffled many and impressed a few - but the truth is out. The PS3 image that has recently circulated the net came not from Ken Kutaragi's desk but rather that of PSM2, the UK-based PS2 magazine.
And what better day than today to finally unmask what has been the most believable fake yet? Created by the mag to show what PS3 'could be', the image was leaked on to the net and promptly front-paged over 20 websites and encouraged excited comment on forums worldwide, including our own. The general consensus was that, while the unit's wireless joypads and PSP/UMD connectivity were welcome, the chunky look of PSM2's vision met with disapproval. Here's hoping that Sony is taking notes and planning an altogether sleeker affair for the potential unveiling at E3 in May. This isn't the first time that PSM2 has caused a clamour with a speculative PS3 design. Its first, from back in 2003, was actually used in a presentation by a Danish chip designer, prompting speculation that the curious curvy PS3 logo they dreamt up was in fact the genuine article. The fact that the accompanying PS3 design "could toast bread" amazingly failed to dampen enthusiasm. PSM2 art editor Milford Coppock told gamesradar.com, "This time we wanted to create what PS3 could be. A genuine, possible PS3 with useful and attainable features. We all got together and came up with ideas for features and designs and asked our readers what they wanted too. "The design we came up with features wireless pads, no hard drive, a memory card slot purely for backwards compatibility with old PSone and PS2 games, a Blu-ray disc drive and a new Memory Stick Duo slot for PS3 saves and transferring to PSP. "We thought long and hard about the UMD slot and, while we reckon that PS3 won't have one on board, we couldn't resist adding a recordable UMD drive to our PS3. Imagine being able to transfer your MP3s, CDs and DVDs to UMD for use on PSP." All sound ideas and we hope many make it through to the finished machine. For more discussion and details check out issue 61 of PSM2, on sale from Thursday 7 April.