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MGS4 Bluetooth Headset Fake?

Update: Well, a bit more confusion to add. A PSX Extreme poster informed me of an oversight, one that is worth sharing. The names of the packages "Single", "Inner", and "Master", refer to a quantity count of units per shipment/box - thus the weights. I've also noticed that PDP does have a functional website, which is just PDP.com. I'm not sure how I overlooked the site, but, regardless, the retraction is being made now.

Still, the incorrect dimensions and the three models displayed in the picture don't make any sense. And a recent post on Neo-GAF noticed the similarities between the headset and a Metal Gear MKII mech from MGS4. Hopefully this gets resolved soon. -Arnold

  Earlier today we came across a story that claimed an officially branded Metal Gear Solid 4 bluetooth headset. Game blog Kotaku reported the news bit, initially calling it fake and then claiming it was real and posting a marketing page for it. While the idea certainly isn't far-fetched, there are things that lead us to believe that this is, in fact, fake.

   Kotaku first claimed that the listing for the bluetooth set came from a peripheral manufacturer called PDP (Performance Designed Products). A quick Google search brings up minimal results for such peripheral company, just a blank website and old announcements dating back to 2006. A company called PDP does seem to exist, but their operational status seems questionable. Then, looking at the the spec-sheet of this alleged headset, one thing kind of stood out for me: the dimensions didn't match up.

   Let's assume, giving the benefit of the doubt, that the dimensions describe the enclosed package the headset comes in, and not the unit itself - after all, a 10" headpiece is about the size of your standard TV remote. Looking at the numbers, the conversions just don't add up. For example, looking at the "Single" package, in CM: 13.5 x 21 x 2.7 is supposed to equal to 5.3 x 8.3 x 1. Where as the image shown says: 5.6 x 8.8 x 1.2. Those are some pretty crappy mathematical errors, and the same errors are found for the other packages, as well.

   But the craziest thing is the weight listings. Look at the weight of the "Master" pack. 12lbs?! A boxed PlayStation 3 weighs about 12lbs, and there's no way a bluetooth headset and a carrying case can amount to that. 2lbs and not even .5lb make any sense, either. Furthermore, since there are three different packages, which one of them costs $60? And why does the marketing sheet not specify anything about the other headsets? We'd like to provide the full sheet in question, but the only one available has a Kotaku watermark slapped on it.

   Again, the idea of an MGS4 branded bluetooth isn't the least bit far-fetched. But there's no denying that the specs of this alleged headset make no sense, and the marketing sheet seems fake. We'll attempt to contact Konami for them to shine in with a comment.

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

4/14/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (6 posts)

OtisFeelgood
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 2:04:26 PM
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Arnold, I need to hire you for some detective work... lol

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Mista
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 5:58:53 PM
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Alright Arnold... went to work and did some digging of my own.You know I work at a game store and apparently yesterday 4/13/08 a Metal Gear Solid 4 bluetooth headset did become available for pre-order, it has (PDP) next to it and it is available for msrp at $59.99. I don't have any other headset bundles or anything else listed but I did go ahead and put in my pre-order for the headset so it should arrive 6-12-08. Not sure, but if it shows in my computer it isn't fake. I can only assume that those dimensions are indeed wrong.

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Solidus15
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 8:06:40 PM
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Those dimensions do make sense, if they are for the packaging. The "single" would mean the packaging box for one headset. .5lbs for a headset, case, charging cord (i'd assume one would be included) and blister-packaging is not that extraneous. The "master" would refer to the box that ships containing many of them, in this case about 24 of them. 24 packages at .5lbs/package = 12lbs. However the images on the sheet look like it could be computer generated. I'll wait on official word with hopes that it's real.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 8:42:53 PM
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Mista and Solidus: Thanks for the input, guys. Definitely good bits of info. But I'm still curious as to why the conversions are so off?

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Solidus15
Monday, April 14, 2008 @ 10:50:38 PM
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Whoever made the spec sheet, they are not skilled in math. If you're gonna make fake one, you'd think that's the one thing you'd get right. I really do hope it's real though cuz it's got a cool design.

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chaplain
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 @ 10:58:58 PM
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If you could get the complete UPC barcode number you could check to see if it has been registered. There are several sites that allow UPC barcode search. You need all 12 numbers. I could only read 10. The two smallest ones on the left and right are blurred.

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