Over the next three pages you're going to find some of the best and worst fake consoles to ever grace the ‘nets. Some have been rendered quite professionally by respectable publications. Others look like they've been knocked up by some kid in his room using Photoshop. While the most dedicated have gone that extra mental mile and physically built crude contraptions in an effort to fool folk.
Above: We’re gutted the BS never saw the light of day. We had our pre-orders in and everything
Fake Xbox 360
Hmmmm, an interesting attempt. Even if it looks more like a Guilty Spark-style curiosity than cutting edge console. This was one of the earliest designs to be leaked out from mysterious sources before the console's official unveiling.
Alright, so its looks like a DAB radio and supports 'death in disc format' UMDs. Still, there's a certain sleekness about this PS3 mock-up we sort of like. It had a lot of us fooled, too. Well, at least until the story broke that one of our sister mags in the UK, PSM2, had mocked-up the images themselves.
Fake Xbox portable
We're not sure which mag published this design, but it was certainly brave. The worst D-pad ever complimented with an equally shitty looking stick?
Published by technology mag, T3, this ain't a bad attempt. It looks a little too much like a GPS for our liking, though. Maybe it can help Niko find a quiet spot to get away from all those heckling phone calls.
Just what every good portable console needs: a keyboard that's bigger than the actual screen. Fail.
Talk about hitting every branch of the ugly tree. Twice. This is one hideous handheld. Unsurprisingly, it was apparently created by a fan. For shame shoddy Photoshop design.
This was originally printed in EGM, as part of a prank for their April issue in 2006.