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: [email protected]

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

  2. Right, get me into a university now please.

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

    • isn’t it normally?

      • 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.

      • 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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…

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

  8. Forwarded to my Uni :)

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

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

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