Today at the Abertay University in Dundee, UK, Sony opened a new ‘PlayStation Lab.’ The classroom came equipped with 30 new PS Vita development kits as part of the university’s co-partnership with SCEE’s academic developer program called PlayStationFirst.
UK is quickly becoming a country where new innovative game studios and young inspiring app developers are appearing in droves. Sony’s choice of Abertay University is no surprise.
Dr. Maria Stukoff, the head of SCEE’s academic development said, “The next generation of PlayStation-savvy developers are now in education and Abertay University is at the forefront of bringing young and talented developers to our platform.”
“It is these students who will influence the future of video games and we are delighted to work with Abertay University to make this a PlayStation training hub.”
The newly remodeled lab already possessed both previous versions of the PlayStation console system development kits which are identical to the kits that most professional game studios use to create games. During the third year in the program students are broken into teams of two and are given the task of building a quality PS Vita game as if they were in the process of launching their own small indie game studio. FuturLab co-foundrs James Marsden and Kirsty Rigden will be on-site during the process to help guide the young devs along the way.
The head of Abertay University’s School of Arts, Media, and Computer Games, Professor Louis Natanson commented on the new PlayStation Lab by saying, “Having access to professional Sony development kits is incredibly exciting for students learning how to design and build games, and we’ve seen a real jump in the enthusiasm of our students since we created this lab.”
“Abertay is very proud to have the largest teaching laboratory of PlayStation consoles in Europe, and it’s something our students benefit hugely from,” added Professor Natanson.