Sony have announced that Vita development kits will be available for as low as €1,900 — a staggeringly low price considering as the PSP kits cost €15,000.
“The PS Vita development kit is going to be very affordable,” said SCEE’s George 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.”
This might not be the most exciting news, but it’s a smart move in terms of Sony encouraging gamers that they can develop the new handheld. However though for the average gamer €1,900 seems outrageous for a developer thats extremely reasonable.
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The reason for such a cheap development kit is probably to combat Apples and Android mobile gaming, as a development kit is cheaper than anything (iOS dev kit = £60, Android Dev Kit = Free) But there have also been rumours coming out of Japan that SONY will allow developers to create games and applications for the PS VITA for free or set up a similar 3rd party developer scheme that Apple has but this time the dev kit will allow development for games destined for the PS VITA Store.