A fake Playstation 3 (PS3) display at a Harvey Norman outlet has left the retailer red-faced, after pictures of the bodgie setup spread virally across the web. Sitting atop two posters advertising Harvey Norman's PS3 pre-order program was a printed photograph of the console, stuck to the front of an Xbox 360.
A Microsoft spokesman declined to comment, but Sony Australia's Adrian Christie described the Harvey Norman display as "alarming news".
He said Sony had been in contact with Harvey Norman, which confirmed that the display had since been taken down.
"It was sort of an overzealous merchandising mistake, he [the store's proprietor] explained to me," said Christie.
But Christie defended Harvey Norman, explaining that the retailer was in no way attempting to deceive customers.
"The display had been up 24 hours and they were using it as a playback device to show Harvey Norman ads," he said.
"I would have a really big problem if they were in any way deceiving people by pretending that it was PS3 content."