When pictures of the forthcoming sleeker PlayStation 4 "Slim" showed up on Twitter and NeoGAF, no-one knew if they were the real deal. But when Sony started making noise and having the images disappeared from Facebook, everyone knew they were the real deal.
Sony issued a takedown and had this post removed from my Facebook page: https://t.co/fIjP0buTdY
— Erik Kain (@erikkain) August 23, 2016
Eurogamer, having taken legal advice and removed video coverage of the box, confirms the story, with new high-resolution photos.
Bear in mind here that what Sony got taken down were not NDA-sealed marketing images or even photos surreptitiously taken in its private facilities: if the reports are to be believed, it's scrubbing images it does not own, of a console that was, supposedly, prematurely sold to a member of the public.
We can confirm that the PS4 Slim is real.
In our bid to confirm the veracity of the images that leaked online last night (more on that below), Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter visited the person who claimed to have bought the console from Gumtree.
ORIGINAL STORY: The PlayStation 4 Slim has leaked online.
The new console was first spotted on auction website Gumtree, before being picked up by NeoGAF.
Twitter user shortmaneighty2, who spotted the Gumtree listing, and NeoGAF user Venom Fox have posted multiple images of the console, showing it boxed, unboxed and compared to the original PS4 console.
It's "kind of ugly," writes Erik Kain at Forbes.