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.