197w ago - This is apparently attack of the alleged PS3 Slim ads day... two retailers from two different sources claim they snagged pics of the upcoming ads.
Gizmodo (linked above) reports that they received photos of a 120GB PS3 Slim listed for $299.99 in a K-Mart flyer.
The story on the second set of pics supposedly from a Best Buy ad comes from TheBigManAndGarrett who are reporting the following from their source, to quote:
"I cannot reveal my exact role, however, I can tell you that I work closely with the marketing department at Best Buy. This ad is a mock up at best of the ad to be released in just over two weeks.
I cannot comment on the NeoGAF PS3 mock up as this is the material that we're working with. Many images are often used as placeholders. The final ad will be touched up for grammar, punctuation, etc. Hope this helps."
That being said, the general consensus thus far is they are fakes... all we can do is wait until next week to see if the PS3 Slim makes an appearance at GamesCom. If it does, then perhaps there may be some truth in them after all.
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I have no idea about the K-mart one but the Best Buy picture is fake. It was made by one of the users at neogaf as a joke. you can notice the h is taller than the T.
There is also another ad floating around from a from a major french retailer, Carrefour, supposedly announcing the ps3slim. I have no idea if that one is real or not. It was on a french site but since I don't understand any french I couldn't go through the thread.
I'm not really interested in the ps3 slim either, I just like to see how this all plays out.
Since all retailers are clearing stock, we know something is definately happening. I just hope it really is the slim or people are going to be like "WTF"?
Thanks! And ya, I'm sure the whole Slim fad will be over soon... you know how these things go, once Sony announces it and then it gets released and people realize it's just a slimmer 'regular' PS3 that won't allow them to do anything new then the hype will wear off.
The odd thing is I don't recall this much commotion when the PS2 Slim was released, although back then there weren't as many gamer social network sites that help keep the viral marketing alive.