Sony is offering non-commercial PSP development kits at a "vastly reduced rate" for universities to purchase, according to SCE Europe's academic liasion Sarah Lemarié at the Develop Conference (via Pocket Gamer).

The kits reportedly build off of the the Linux-based PlayStation 2 schemes found in 20 UK universities. They will also ship with the same programming and debugging tools as used by commercial studios. Expected launch partners include University of Abertay Dundee, Sheffield Hallam and Hull universities.

We can't wait to see how this might expand the PSP's homebrew scene. Further details are expected soon; no word on Sony's academic pursuits in other regions (e.g. North America, Japan).

[Via PSP Fanboy]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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