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July 14, 2009 // 10:03 pm - It looks like Sony is extending their support for schools and universities with courses geared towards computer engineering and programming.

At the Develop Conference 2009, SCEE R&D's Sarah Lemarie revealed that a PS3 dev kit designed for academic use is in the works.

To quote: "We have started a PS3 Academic Development Programme, and we're referring to the dev kits as mini-dev kits, which I can best describe as being in a closed beta stage at present," said Lemarie. "We'll be opening this beta up slowly."

"Of course universities can use Linux to program on the PS3 but I would really strongly recommend that if you are interested in the PS3 you look into this, as the experience you will get over Linux is quite incredible," she added.

The PS3 dev kit includes a consumer-sized PS3 with a low power function, two USB ports and a full SDK. Sony's cross-platform game engine PhyreEngine will also be made available as part of the program.

Sony has already provided academic institutions with PS2 and PSP dev kits in the past as part of their PlayStation-edu program.

Sony Unveils PS3 Dev Kit for Academic Use

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#5 - PS4 News - July 16, 2009 // 2:22 am
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Quote Originally Posted by kengreen View Post
Where can I get the notice or press release?

Not sure on the Press Release, but the original article is here:

I suppose if you were to contact the author asking for the Press Release they may reply, assuming you can't find it on Google, etc.

#4 - kengreen - July 16, 2009 // 1:28 am
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I would be interested in the software, the SDK and PhyrEngine ? Where can I get the notice or press release?

#3 - shummyr - July 15, 2009 // 8:50 pm
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yea i would like one of those kits, im currently doing game things related to devkits and such..

#2 - JesusFMA - July 15, 2009 // 6:37 pm
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That would be great!!

I have had a lot of interest in improving my programming skills, and I think that this kind of tools will really help me a lot.

I've always been curious about the game programming, and I'd definitely use all tools provided by Sony.

#1 - chigga102 - July 15, 2009 // 5:21 pm
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it looks like they are doing the same thing they did during the ps2 days. maybe someone could use those dev kits to find out more information about the ps3 security ^^. maybe then we can see some quality hacks.