Sony has been dominating the gaming news today, with the PSP seeing an uncharacteristic amount of attention thanks to the availability of the God of War PSP mod
which is seeing profits donated to charity.
Even better news though, for those in the UK at least, is the announcement Sony has made that it will be releasing the PSP software development kit to students at University at a "vastly reduced rate"
It certainly goes a fair way toward helping to heal old wounds
SCEE announced the new, non-commercial scheme via the appointed Academic Liaison at the Games:Education day of the Developer Conference, currently being held in Brighton.
The PSP SDK which has been offered to students will come with the same ProDG programming tools and debugging tools used by studios worldwide, according to PocketGamer
. Students will be able to get support online through a cloned version of the professional development website, which has a forum for students to interact on. Ooh, swanky!
Further details are unavailable right now, but it's speculated that the launch partners will probably be the University of Abertay Dundee, Sheffield Hallam and Hull, all of which have their own computer programming courses.
So, if you're studying gaming or if you just fancy having a tinker with the PSP SDK then be sure keep an eye on the headlines so you can find out how to get a copy!
Is Sony making a sincere effort to better the face of handheld gaming, or is it just trying to buy it's way back into our hearts after the recent abuse Europe has suffered in PlayStation 3 pricing? If you want to discuss then you'd better get to the forums