Is there a PS3 Slim in production? Naysayers would say that the released images from last week would be fake. However, a GameStop manager's slip would indicate otherwise -- as well as a fresh Cease and Desist order on Engadget for the article it ran with the said pictures.
The source of the C&D is an unknown Chinese company, and they don't seem all too pleased with the leaked images. Here's what the notice said:
We just find that the following web pages on your website contain some confidential document and photos, which were highly possibly illegally released and posted:
We are investigating this violation and will bring all necessary legal actions regarding this matter. In order to protect the confidential information and prevent you from further legal issues and infringements, please immediately remove those pages and keep our request confidential. If you have any question regarding this issue, please feel free to contact us.
Engadget appears to be fully standing by its story as 1) it has yet to take down the articles and pictures pertaining to the unit in questions, and 2) they obviously did not heed the "keep our request confidential" bit of the letter.
It's clearly not from Sony, and it is yet unclear what the role of this Chinese company really is in this whole matter. It would be safe to surmise, however, given their reaction, that the pictures are from their own backyard and they're trying to keep a tight lid on it.
Or, it could be all part of an elaborate hoax to make the talks of a PS3 Slim a tad more credible. On top of all this, Sony is being characteristically quiet.
What do you think?