Sony are keenly investing in the future as they have opened up a lab at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland that offers students access to professional-grade development kits.
The PlayStation Lab is the “largest facility of its kind in Europe” and includes hardware designed for creating titles on PlayStation platforms, including PS Vita. Clearly an excellent opportunity, the program allows for students to gain experience designing and building games, however the scale of the projects that some of these aspiring creators are working on may surprise you.
According to the Evening Telegraph two teams, consisting of 22 students, have working directly with Futurlab co-founders James Marsden and Kirsty Ridgen on various projects, including “building on” the acclaimed Velocity series.
“It’s great for us because we’re able to effectively triple our workforce developing new prototypes, and it’s great for students because they get valuable experience working as a project team all the way from concept development and pitching, through to a playable demo suitable for pitching to a publisher.” said FuturLab co-founder James Marsden.
Seemingly a hit from all angles, the program appears to not only have inspired the students in a general fashion, but may have in fact opened many of their eyes to the unique potential of software designed specifically for PlayStation Vita.
“The PlayStation Vita is an interesting platform as it is a very powerful handheld game console. By combining regular buttons and new features such as the touch screen, the console offers a new gameplay experience to players. explained student and game designer Thomas Garnerone. “As a student in game design, I really like the fact that players can discover new ways to play video games.”
Sony already takes pride in the PlayStation brand playing host to a diverse library of creative and unique titles, but it appears that they are also striving for an even greener future through the use of grass roots programs.