Microsoft Promotes Xbox Game With Footage From PlayStation

See the bottom-right corner of the screen? Those are not the controls for an Xbox (image from Reddit)

See the bottom-right corner of the screen? Those are not the controls for an Xbox (image from Reddit)

With Microsoft and Sony both releasing next-gen gaming consoles in the coming weeks, the push is on for each company to convince consumers that its console is the bee’s knees and thus worth plunking down several hundred dollars to purchase. What better way to sell the public on the awesomeness of your product than by accidentally uploading footage from your competitor’s console?

According to the above screengrab posted to Reddit, that appears to be what happened earlier today when the official Xbox YouTube account posted a video of gameplay footage from the upcoming title Watch Dogs.

As anyone vaguely familiar with the differences between Sony and Microsoft consoles would quickly notice, the onscreen button prompts shown in the bottom-right corner of the video are not the Xbox’s standard X,Y,A,B but the triangle and circle shapes used on the PlayStation consoles.

Users on Reddit say that before the video was taken down, Microsoft attempted to cover up the buttons so as to obscure which console the footage was from.

It’s likely that this was simply a goof on the part of someone at Microsoft or game-publisher Ubisoft and not any attempt to trick people. Regardless, it’s pretty funny that no one noticed at any point in the process that this was the incorrect footage.