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These consoles are fake!

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.

Fake PS3



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.

Fake iGame


This was originally printed in EGM, as part of a prank for their April issue in 2006.

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66 comments

  • Mittenz - June 24, 2009 11:03 a.m.

    Yay, turns out if your up at 4:00 AM bored out of your mind, Gamesradar will post awsome articles. Thank you Dave, I needed this.
  • Mittenz - June 24, 2009 11:09 a.m.

    Wow, I just noticed the Xbox 2 on page 3 has the red ring. At least they went for authenticity.
  • Iffo - June 24, 2009 11:49 a.m.

    Weird... a couple of the PSP fakes look much better than the actual PSPgo!! On second thought, no - it's not weird at all.
  • Hurricrane - June 24, 2009 2:12 p.m.

    the Nintendo on looks like a toaster....
  • CAPST3R - June 24, 2009 3:11 p.m.

    agreed, the PSP has the worst layout possible. they design it for people with small hands. and the go is terrible, i would accidentally crush it.
  • Jordo141 - June 24, 2009 3:38 p.m.

    The Sony Foreman grill is real and actually works. Oh, that PSPboy looks awesome.
  • Xplosive59 - June 24, 2009 3:38 p.m.

    what would the screens be used for on the bs in casual games? which it would be its only use
  • magicman_88 - June 24, 2009 3:38 p.m.

    Have you noticed how every fake PSP has two analogue sticks?? Why couldn't Sony listen to us and do this for the PSP Go?? It might actually be a half decent console then.
  • animeman - June 24, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    Some of the fake PSP's looked better than the real ones. Mainly because of the two anlog sticks.
  • TotalKillLOL - June 24, 2009 4:20 p.m.

    Wow I was so bored when I decided to read this!
  • sharklion - June 24, 2009 5:20 p.m.

    At first i was actually convinced by the good looking xbox! but i guess its to good to be true!
  • supersenor - June 24, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    Like video games and meat then try the Sony Foreman grill!
  • JakeBob - June 24, 2009 9:29 p.m.

    The Nintendo BS looks familiar... I think it's taken some of its inspiration from here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/191110
  • deanmiller1234 - June 25, 2009 1:50 a.m.

    the portable n64, the bs, the nds2, and the portable gamecube are all awsome
  • Demonflare - June 25, 2009 3:03 a.m.

    Well duh their fake. Still, I was hopeing they would make the Xbox180. Guess not.
  • Silvermech - June 25, 2009 3:08 a.m.

    I'd like that grill, though. Getting lazy people even lazier.
  • isaacthejust - June 25, 2009 3:12 a.m.

    ha i love the red trackball on the xbox handheld. classic, thats what the psp needs the missile command controls.
  • MitsuharuSan - June 25, 2009 3:35 a.m.

    PS.: It's the last one. Pay attention to it's design.
  • LittleTaco - June 25, 2009 4:18 a.m.

    man i remember when i 1st saw da PSPboy i was like wow i hope they make that cuz that actually looks prety cool and i still feel the same way lol SONY would get sued by nintendo maybe then nintendo can make a good next gen console!! god i hate the Wii...
  • yoreAtowel - June 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

    im really happy you guys used the guy from 'Only Fools and Horses' for the tag pic. Good to know you guys know about classic shows like that

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