Sony is seeking to expand portable gaming development by allowing universities to gain access to the same professional tools used by commercial developers. Students will be able to use hardware kits at “vastly reduced rates” (and rightly so). These will ship with the same ProDG tools and debuggers used in commercial studios. They’ll also have online support and access to a cloned version of the professional development website.
So far a couple of universities in the UK have been enlisted as launch partners in the non-commercial scheme, with others soon to follow suit. Good to see Sony giving the kids a turn at bat.