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From OtherOS Refund to Pokemon Reveal - News Roundup 9th April 2010

Jonathan Lester
Firmware 3.21, Gears of War 3, Pokémon, PS3

Pokemon Black and White to be Revealed April 15th

From OtherOS Refund to Pokemon Reveal - News Roundup 9th April 2010

Nintendo have announced that the next true Pokemon sequels will be entitled Black and White. Whilst they're not giving much away, my rudimentary knowledge of Japanese suggests that more beans will be spilled on April 15th. Black and White will also be released on the DS rather than the 3DS, though it will naturally be backwards-compatible.

After the excellent remake of Gold and Silver, Nintendo will be under pressure to deliver a revolutionary Pokemon experience rather than another retread of familiar ground. Frankly, the DS could probably support a Pokemon Stadium-style 3D battle system... but knowing GAME FREAK, they'll probably just introduce a Light type to counter Dark types. Pokemon Ebony and Ivory would've been a more interesting name, mind. Stevie Wonder, I choose you! [Pokemon B&W reveal]

PS3 Owner Nets Partial Refund for OtherOS Removal

From OtherOS Refund to Pokemon Reveal - News Roundup 9th April 2010

The recent removal of OtherOS with system update 3.21 has been causing an inordinate amount of controversy, but a PS3 owner has apparently received a full refund because the neutered console isn't fit for task. Using European Directive 1999/44/EC (which states that  goods "must
be fit for the purpose which the consumer requires them and which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase.”), the irked Sony customer was able to net an £84 refund from Amazon without needing to return the console.

This could well set a worrying precedent for Sony, though customer protection is much weaker in the States than Europe. Expect to see a fair few class action suits in the coming months. Apparently, OtherOS is worth £84. [Playstation University]

In other 3.21 news, Geohot (the prolific hacker that was arguably responsible for Sony's knee-jerk reaction) has rigged up some custom firmware to salvage OtherOS. Looks like he made good on his promise.

Gears of War 3 Dated April 2011

From OtherOS Refund to Pokemon Reveal - News Roundup 9th April 2010

Let's face it: we all know that Gears 3 is in the pipeline. After all, we were promised a trilogy... and the 360 needs this exclusive as badly as Suda51 needs a padded studio with adequate bathroom facilities. Rumours have been flying around the internet for the last few days (sparked by an abortive Jimmy Fallon interview), but an impatient tech at Xbox Live HQ has jumped the gun by releasing a dashboard advert.

A picture tells a thousand words. Expect Gears 3 to hit this time next year. [Kotaku]

Add a comment5 comments
ODB  Apr. 9, 2010 at 16:10


Bloke  Apr. 9, 2010 at 16:15

OK so how do we all go about getting money back for the PS3 update?!

Bloke  Apr. 9, 2010 at 16:47

I feel a class action coming on lol

Gunn  Apr. 9, 2010 at 17:00

I've emailed Amazon so will see what they say.

Dunny  Apr. 9, 2010 at 18:26

£84. I wouldn't say no to that, regardless of not using the OtherOS :D

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