"The new Sony PlayStation 3 Slim is about to receive a luxury treatment unlike any others before it". So says Computer Choppers, a US company that offers a line in blinged up consumer electronics.

A "sneak peak" of the Midas-touched console shows that the firm, instead of rather just say subtlety picking out the logo in gold, has opted for the all-out gold-plating.

Only five limited edition units are to be produced and pricing and availability is strictly on a get-your-butler-to-call-and-enquire basis.