Students at Sheffield Hallam University are being given the chance to create videogames on the cutting edge PlayStation®4 platform, through its partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s (SCEE) academic development programme; PlayStation®First.
Sheffield Hallam has invested in a total of 34 PlayStation®4 development kits for teaching on final-year undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Along with its extensive suite of PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Vita development kits, the University now has the largest PlayStation teaching facilities in the world.
The new laboratory was officially opened today by the developers of the SCEE’s new LittleBigPlanet™3 title, created by Sumo-Digital Limited in Sheffield.
Students on Sheffield Hallam’s industry-accredited games courses will have access to a brand new PlayStation®4 laboratory, where they can learn the skills needed to make cutting-edge gaming software.
Dr Jake Habgood is course leader for the MSc Game Software Development at the University. He said: "Our students have been learning how to use SCEE’s cross-platform technology to make games for the PS3™ and PSVita™ for some years now.
"PhyreEngine™ is a serious C++ game engine, and our final-year MComp students have already used it to create a PlayStation®4 version of our collaborative puzzler game Aspect, which we're planning to release on the PlayStation®Network in the New Year."
Dr Maria Stukoff, Head Playstation®First said: "We're helping Sheffield Hallam develop the next generation of videogame talent succeed with PlayStation development. The new PS4™ teaching laboratory is another example of how the University is leading the way in videogames education."
Sean Millard, Creative Director at Sumo-Digital Limited, said: "It's a real pleasure to open this new PS4™ lab, as we have some excellent young talent at Sumo who cut their game development teeth using Sheffield Hallam's facilities. Students at Sheffield Hallam now have more console dev-kits at their disposal than many game studios!"
Sheffield Hallam students can release games to market through the University's in-house development studio, Steel Minions. The studio is releasing a number of student-made games in 2015, including shoot-em-up Retro Fusion and collaborative puzzle game Aspect.
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