Game on at Sheffield Hallam University’s new cutting edge lab

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Students at Sheffield Hallam University are being given the chance to create videogames in a new cutting edge laboratory developed with entertainment giant Sony.

The centre has 34 PlayStation4 development kits for students on final year undergraduate and postgraduate courses, developing the next generation of videogame talent.

Together with its existing hardware Hallam now has the largest PlayStation teaching facilities in the world.

The new laboratory was officially opened by the developers of the new LittleBigPlanet3 title, created by Sumo-Digital Limited in Sheffield.

All students on Hallam’s industry-accredited games courses will have access to the laboratory, where they can learn the skills needed to make cutting-edge gaming software.

Dr Maria Stukoff for Playstation said: “The new teaching laboratory is another example of how the university is leading the way in videogames education.”

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.