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
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