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U.K. PS2 Mags Telling Lies? |

Hexus.gaming has an article that claims 2 U.K. PS2 game magazines, PSW (otherwise known as PlayStation World) & Play, have been misleading their readers (I used to be a reader of PSW) by claiming to have played on actual PS3s when in fact all they have done is used the dev kits that everybody else has used:

HEXUS.gaming editor Nick Haywood might be on a family holiday in the west country but, seemingly, he’s never on holiday. We received a call from him yesterday spitting blood about the latest copy of Imagine Publishing’s Play magazine – issue 138 – and the fact that it claims that its staff have played on a Sony PlayStation 3 – something that Nick reckons is impossible when the machine isn’t finished and won’t go on sale until November!

It turns out, of course, that Nick’s right. No one on the mag had actually played the PS3. All they’ve done is have hands on with some dev kit – the same kit that Nick’s been on, he believes. And that’s actually an Apple Mac emulating what Sony says a PS3 will be like.

You can click the link for the images of the so called misleading mags:

PSW - Misleading?

Hexus.Gaming – Misleading PS2 Mags

I don’t know if Hexus.gaming is an unbiased site or not but my question is: so what?

The mags have had hands on what is basically a PS3, it’s just not the same version that we will get our hands on come November. Is it really a big deal that a mag claims to have played on a PS3?

PSW is the best selling independent U.K. PS2 mag so I doubt anyone will specifically buy it solely based on what is on the front cover/bag. If they did buy it then I’m pretty sure that when they find out that they have hands on of a dev kit & not an actual PS3, they won’t exactly explode with rage & demand a refund of £3.99! Plus I think the majority of readers will be intelligent enough to realise that the chances of an independent PS2 mag having hands on with an actual PS3 would be very unlikely.

  • Black Guy had a similar story in which an editor made similar claims. What should b troubling about this news though is:

    “…something that Nick reckons is impossible when the machine isn’t finished…”

    How does good old Saint Nick know that? If that is true, there is not much time to ramp up production to avoid shortages like Sony claimed. My local game store in town has stopped taking preorders cuz they’re only getting 3 units… they got 5 X360 last yr. And Sony claimed there won’t b any shortages. Who r they fool’n?

  • Gary

    Firstly by “the machine isn’t finished” I think he means finished as in every component put in place, everything tested etc before it is ready for public use at places like TGS.

    Secondly where have you read that Sony has said there won’t be any shortages?
    I haven’t read any claims by Sony representatives claiming this.

    1m units available for a worldwide launch during November = a lot of dissapointed people that don’t get their hands on a PS3. Sony aren’t stupid they realise this.

  • Black Guy

    Well the statement is open to multiple interpretations. Sony may not b stupid but they do say stupid things; please don’t say they don’t. As for the Sony claim u requested, here it b. iOriginally read it @ a news site but this is the 1st iFound after a quick 2 minute googling.

    ““Sony no longer anticipate any shortage of PS3s come November.

    … we feel confident that any gamers who want to buy a PS3 will be able to get one in November,” a Sony representative reaffirmed.”

  • Gary

    I can’t take that seriously. It doesn’t even name the person who the “quote” came from and look at the date – April 1st. Of course Sony say stupid things. Name me a company that doesn’t!

    The only way Sony would avoid hardware shortages at launch would be to have 10m available for each region and that isn’t going to happen.

    Sony can’t win. If they staggered the launch people would be complaining about having to wait so long & with a worldwide launch at least people from the 3 major regions have a chance of getting a PS3 even though there will be a lot of dissapointed people.

  • Black Guy

    This was well b4 April fools. I’m not going to try & find the original story which covered many of the points u noted. It was @ some kind of press conference and I’m sure everyone in the room heard it and the coverage of the event was featured in many places. Where, who, where, wehn, why… I’m not going to look 4 all that. I’m wasting time here @ work as it is.

  • WonderSteve

    Of course Sony is going to say “there wouldn’t be any shortages”

    Any people that play video games long enough with a common sense is going to know that’s not going to be true considering how popular Playstation is.

    There’s no point of pointing fingers about it. It really is just a BS PR statement as usual from big corporations