Someone had switched the hype-machine into overdrive by the time the PS3 was to be released. Strong performances by the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, coupled with a series of ill-fated comments by Sony executives, meant the world was anxious to see if the Japanese giants could hold on to their console throne. So anxious, in fact, that gamers were treated to some of the most ridiculous, and obviously false, rumours yet. Check some of them out below.
1) PS3 games locked to one console
This was so crazy it might just have been true. Towards the end of 2005, rumours began to surface that Sony was considering a new authentication protocol, which would become unreadable after one machine had scanned it. In other words - you could play your game on one console only, which would kill off the second hand and rentals market. Nothing of the sort happened and cheapskates can still happily get their favourite games for next to nothing.
We were all dying for these images, and you know you went checked out each and every "leaked" picture that was put out. But this one took the cake. Why anyone though Sony would design their latest, greatest console to look like a cross between an alarm clock and a projector is beyond me. Own up to believing this one, and get the slap round the chops that you deserve.
The only people who believed that the PS3 Slim would look like a curvy iPod dock were the people who believed the rumour above, although to be fair it's not quite as ridiculous.
4) $800 PS3
The PS3 was always going to be the most expensive next-gen console, but when a Merrill Lynch analyst claimed in early 2006 that it would cost $800, everyone had the wind knocked out of them. There's no way anyone would buy a console that was twice as expensive as its nearest competitor. Sony knew that, and this rumour hit the bin faster than you could say "stupid".
5) £425 PS3
Easily the most outrageous rumour of them all, because it would mean UK gamers were paying more than their American and Japanese counterparts for the same console. A laughable rumour that… er, came true. Oh dear. Thankfully it’s dropped to a more reasonable £250 now.