A new teaching lab has opened at Abertay University in Dundee (Scotland). The new lab represents the largest in Europe and offers 30 new PlayStation Vita development kits, and stock of PS3 and PS4 dev kits. Students attending the lab have access to all of the hardware. The University has dubbed it the "Playstation lab." The development kits were given to the university as part of a partnership with PlayStation First, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Academic Development Program.
"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," said SCEE head of academic development Maria Stukoff. “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."
"Abertay is very proud to have the largest teaching laboratory of PlayStation consoles in Europe, and it’s something our students benefit hugely from," Professor Louis Natanson, head of the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, added. "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. Students are routinely staying after class to work on their own projects, with many immediately aspiring to releasing their own games for PlayStation Vita."
Sony’s PlayStation First started partnering with universities shortly after the launch of the PS4 in 2013. The program gives universities the same PS4 development kits given to its development partners. Other universities that are part of the program include Birmingham City University – Gamer Camp, Sheffield Hallam University, NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and Playground Squad in Sweden.