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Sony Launches PlayStation-Edu

You can go to school to learn how to develop games on a PC, but if you want to get your hands on console development tools, you had best get a job with a licensed console developer. Well, those days are falling by the wayside, as Sony has announced it's new PlayStation educational initiative.

As you can see, Sony will provide PS2 and PSP development kits for "computer science and engineering students who want to understand how the hardware works in the PlayStation consoles." Of course, schools will have to pay for the development tools, but these kits come complete with demo code, samples, documentation, and access to an exclusive support website. We don't see anything about PlayStation 3 kits, but then again, we imagine those are still extremely expensive for university programs. On the other hand, we expect this initiative will eventually include the PS3, because it'll probably continue on for quite a while. Remember, developers have been complaining about the inherent difficulty in producing games for PlayStation consoles for the past decade, so it only makes sense to initiate would-be developers beforehand. This is a great idea, as far as we're concerned.

Maybe by the time the PlayStation 4 comes around, this educational effort by Sony will have provided development teams with guys and gals who have an edge thanks to those tools. Of course, the PS4 might be so cutting edge and revolutionary, knowing the PS3 won't help one iota. You never know.

6/6/2008 Ben Dutka

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Tatsujin
Saturday, June 07, 2008 @ 12:40:23 AM
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Im the Zohan, I own these systems =.= (How do you turn on this thing?) haha

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GamerKid123
Saturday, June 07, 2008 @ 9:20:01 AM
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ROFL! I can undertsnad why they are doing this, but wouldn't they be upgrading all the components in the PS4... so wouldn't the training become inferior?

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, June 07, 2008 @ 3:18:18 PM
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They took our jobs! LOL

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AscientDire
Saturday, June 07, 2008 @ 11:53:42 PM
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Yay...now maybe I can write FF13 myself before it comes out (joke!!!)

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ChOzInWuN
Sunday, June 08, 2008 @ 1:01:27 PM
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I agree with gamerkid, being able to create on the ps2 didn't seem to help much for game developers working on the ps3 early on. Why not help them understand the ps3's architecture and maybe we would see some pretty unique games and companies come from it. If the ps3 lifespan is 10 years there is plenty of time. I have a feeling the major universities have plenty of extra green for a ps3 kit as well, so thats a bad excuse.

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Mystearica
Sunday, June 08, 2008 @ 10:38:10 PM
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@AscientDire That's what I was thinking LOL!!!

You know there are some seriously geeky people out there who'd dedicate hours to XXXXXX. So my thoughts are - wouldn't it be funny if one of those students or group of students got a hold of those kits and started making games or something for the PS2 or PS1 oO

Eitherway, weird that the PS3 kit isn't listen 'cause I'm pretty sure the Universities can afford this - perhaps they are testing the water and if it works out nicely they'd provide 'em with the PS3 (or maybe 'cause the PS3 has been undergoing quite a few changes)???

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Tatsujin
Sunday, June 08, 2008 @ 10:48:34 PM
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Honestly, one day... Im going to put together my own team, and the first game we are going to make is the biggest RPG that's going to be available... REMEMBER ME N REMEMBER WHAT I JUST SAID!!! (I dont know if this is even possible for me, but if it does every ironically happen, I can say I told you so... I do that too girls too, I tell them im going to be the one to marry them one day, and when I do marry one of them you know what im going to say... I TOLD YOU SO!!! haha)

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