The lucky guys over at IGN have received a prototype version of the console. Fortunately they've been kind enough to share and have posted up a gallery of the magical moment they unwrapped their present from Sony.
Before you go anywhere take a look at the gallery
with all the pictures. You'll notice that they also got some Blu-ray discs containing some of the launch titles. IGN has a dev-console, so don't worry, if you're planning on splashing out over £400 on one of these it probably won't come in a tardy looking cardboard box.
The first thing of note is how reflective it is. The PS3 surface is mirror-like in its reflectiveness, allowing you to enjoy your own beauty/ugliness every time you turn it on. The second thing you will notice is how massive it is. One wonders how heavy this beauty is going to be. I also have to draw your attention to how similar the console looks to the George Foreman grill. Whether we will be able to cook our steaks whilst playing Gran Turismo is currently unclear.
The controller looks exactly as it has for lord knows how long, minus a wire. The IGN boys were given a few games to play - Lair, Genji Days of the Blade, Motorstorm and Resistance Fall of Man – and it will be interesting to see over the next few weeks how well the PS3 is received by the gaming press.
In other Sony related news, GamesIndustry.biz
is reporting that the company is denying responsibility for the closure of Lik-Sang. This follows up from our story
yesterday where it emerged that Lik-Sang had in fact closed its doors due to legal costs. Sony has since made this statement:
"Lik-Sang did not contest this case (i.e. they did not turn up and therefore incurred no legal costs). We have been awarded substantial costs against Lik-Sang which have not been paid.
We would therefore strongly deny that our actions have had anything to do with this website closing (we assume the legal entity is still trading), and would suggest that this release is sour grapes on behalf of Lik-Sang which is aimed to belittle Sony Computer Entertainment and the British judicial system that found against them."
All in all it's another active day in the Sony camp. Plenty to discuss here so jump on the forums
and give us your thoughts.