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Vita devkits cost much less than kits for PSP and PS3

Wednesday, 17th August 2011 00:13 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

It looks as through developers interested in creating games for PS Vita won’t have to spend as much on devkits as when developing for PS3 or PSP.

According to SCEE’s George Bain, the cost of devkits for the new handheld will run studios €1,900 plus VAT, compared to €20,000 for PS2 and PS3 dev kits, and the €15,000 for PSP.

“The PS Vita development kit is going to be very affordable,” said Bain during GDC Europe. “And when I say affordable I mean €1,900 plus VAT. There is no cost to join the PS Vita Develop Program.

“There’s just that cost of the dev kit. If you’re a small developer, we happy to talk to you about this. It will help if you have a games portfolio. There’s no reason we won’t speak with smaller studios about joining up.”

Bain’s comments confirm those made by Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida who said during E3 this year that the cost of the devkits would indeed be much lower than previous kits.

Thanks, Develop.

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3 Comments

  1. Erthazus

    of course it’s cheaper. It’s ARM.
    Same thing like with the Apple devices.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    Anyone else happy with Sony’s new found respect of 3rd party developers? Just from reports that I’ve read, Sony seems to have always been one of the biggest supporters of 3rd party devs but lately it seems they have above & beyond to become besties with external talent.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mad1723

    @1: it’s like saying Apple pie (pun intended :) ) is cheaper because flour has dropped in price. Theres more than the fact it’s ARM to the equation. It’s more of a business decision, where Sony wants to get as many developpers onboard as possible. That will bring a lot of support to their platform.

    That combined with the fact that developpers are already praising the tools of the devkit, future seems bright for Sony’s console compared to Nintendo’s offering!

    Of course, people will say that mobile devices like the iPhone will compete with it, but they are still a very different market. Yes, there are similarities, but a dedicated handheld console still has a lot of market. I like games with buttons, touch devices don’t offer me the kind of gaming I was expecting to get. The rare games I ever play with my iPod Touch now are games from Kairosoft (they’re like crack).

    They are slow games and don’t require precise inputs. Fast action games, like FPSes, are hard to do on touch devices and can seriously be done on the Vita and 3DS.

    TL;DR: Buttons are still relevant these days :)

    #3 3 years ago

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