American news site tricked into thinking a refrigerator was the new PS5 console
The 'cool' design fooled IBT
A well-known news site in the USA has had to backtrack on one of its recent posts about the PlayStation 5, after mistaking a fridge for the alleged console.
The International Business Times posted an article on its Technology section yesterday regarding the Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles, and how a 'new leaked image' had revealed that Sony's new powerful next-gen console had the ‘unexpected same design' as Microsoft's. Where did they get their reliable news from, we hear you ask? It was social media of course!
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">bruh<br><br>It's an image of a fridge. <br><br>I added a fridge next to the Xbox Series X and called it the PS5.<br><br>It was a joke. <a href="https://t.co/1JW6qr71oM">pic.twitter.com/1JW6qr71oM</a></p>— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) <a href="https://twitter.com/ZhugeEX/status/1206576084722040832?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 16, 2019</a></blockquote>
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Daniel Ahmad (AKA @ZhugeEX) often tweets about the game industry and, to be fair, is a very good source for getting the know-how on the video games market. But when he posted a spoof picture of a refrigerator (fridge freezer for us Brits) with a PS5 logo and controller beside it, he didn't expect any news outlets to believe it.
The penny dropped after ZhugeEx himself took to Twitter in disbelief that IBT had actually believed that his spoof 'PSFridge' design had been taken as gospel. The site quickly updated their article stating 'ZhugeEX has clarified in a tweet that his earlier tweet, on which the story was based, was a joke. We regret the error.'
As always, social media users were quick to express their opinion on the piece, after they'd stopped rolling around on the floor laughing.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This absolutely sent me. No irony here, just takes it at face value. <a href="https://t.co/bVEh183pmT">pic.twitter.com/bVEh183pmT</a></p>— Mike (@MickDog524) <a href="https://twitter.com/MickDog524/status/1206582618122309633?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
The article also, for some reason, stated that Microsoft had not revealed more details on the PS5 yet, which has now been edited along with the absolute clanger that they'd already dropped. For the record, the PS5 is not going to have a 'refrigerator' design, and we do not recommend storing cooled items inside it... although that would be awesome!