Sony slashes PS3 development kit costs

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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) has almost halved the purchase cost for its development-kit hardware for the PlayStation 3, making game creation for the console more affordable for small and independent developers.

Sony is also releasing news software-development features, debugging tools and support for applications such as ProDG and its own SN tool suite. The price cut sees the PlayStation 3 Reference Tool costing about ¥950,000 in Japan, $10,250 in North America, and €7,500 in Europe.

The price cut sees a similar price cut timeline set by the SCEI on the PlayStation 2 development hardware, which saw the price reduced just a year after its launch in 2000. A Sony Computer Entertainment Australia representative has confirmed to GameSpot that the news represents a worldwide price adjustment, meaning that the price cut will extend to Australian developers.