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Sony To Issue PS4 Dev Kits To Universities


Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has today announced that the PlayStationFirst Academic Development Programme is to make PS4 dev kits available as a follow on licencing programme to University members registered on the current PlayStation Vita dev kit programme.

PlayStationFirst, the press release states, is the Academic Development and Partnership Programme for Sony Computer Entertainment and SCE Worldwide Studios designed to inspire innovation across the suite of PlayStation platforms.

It establishes partnerships with University courses at the cutting edge of videogame technology, game development, computer science and research, and aids SCE’s overall goal of supporting Indie developers and established studios by fostering the next generation of PlayStation savvy developers.

PlayStationFirst is now actively seeking ‘Expression of Interests’ from Universities interested in the Academic Dev Kit Programme and PS Vita game development. PS Vita is the system that is most closely integrated with PS4 and an essential part of the connected experience to create and innovate on PlayStation platforms.

Interested parties are invited to email PlayStationFirst: applications@ps-edu.scedev.net

“The next generation of Indie developers are now in education,” says Dr Maria Stukoff, Head of Academic Development for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, “and PlayStationFirst is at the forefront of enabling students to gain future-fit skills for PlayStation console development by providing access to real professional tools”.

Mick Hocking, Vice President Studio Group at London and Evolution Studios added that “PlayStation 4 is setting the pace for global Indie development” and said that “now is the time for new talent to get skilled up on PS Vita and explore the future of PlayStation game development.”

  1. cam the man
    Since: May 2009

    Sony are doing everything right getting the next gen of game makers on side.

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 10:51.
  2. ABlokeCalledDaz
    Since: May 2010

    Right, get me into a university now please.

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 10:54.
  3. KeRaSh
    Since: Nov 2009

    Awesome! The next big thing could be the idea of a student.

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 10:55.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      isn’t it normally?

      Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 11:30.
      • bunimomike
        Since: Jul 2009

        I’m not sure, fella. Students going through a games degree might not be able to get their hands on a PlayStation devkit, whereas, this time around they will… hopefully. It means that their dreams of applying to Naughty Dog have more merit due to the experience with Sony’s machine.

        Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 14:59.
      • Adam Garrett
        Community Manager
        Since: Feb 2009

        All the good Uni’s have access to PS3 dev kits, PlayStation and others have fantastic partnerships that stretch way past just dev kits with many universities but to be so quick with the PS4 stuff is very impressive! Would have been interesting to see the cost though.

        Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 23:00.
  4. Bilbo_bobbins
    Since: Jun 2009

    this is good news, well done Sony. Everything going well so far

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 12:00.
  5. hol
    Since: Oct 2009

    Good to see Sony doing this, I guess they have previous history with Net Yaroze.

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 12:21.
  6. Voolar
    Since: Mar 2009

    I’m almost holding my breath waiting for the big mistake. So far everything coming out of Sony is completely spot on… Can they keep it going all the way to Christmas…? I hope so.

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 12:51.
    • RoadRunner
      Since: Jul 2013

      Why wouldn’t they? All of this is no different to what happened current-gen, last-gen and the gen before…

      They only difference is Microsoft are mortally wounded, and the press aren’t passing around their Sony FUD right now.

      Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 19:43.
  7. deadwelsh
    Since: Jun 2009

    Hey, you, I dont know who you are or what you think you are doing but we know you are not the real Sony. Whatever you have done with them, please dont bring them back and carry on…

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 13:49.
    • bunimomike
      Since: Jul 2009

      *doubles petition’s signatures to two* ;-)

      Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 15:00.
  8. Blair Inglis
    Since: May 2009

    Forwarded to my Uni :)

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 14:14.
  9. Broonba
    Since: Mar 2009

    Nice one Sony. The new look Sony just keeps getting better and better and better etc….

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 16:09.
  10. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    They really do seem to be making all the right moves, well played Sony!

    Comment posted on 10/07/2013 at 19:18.

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