SN Systems, a subsidiary of Sony which provides development tools for gaming hardware, has halved the cost of its development tools for the PSP.
The discount is in effect as of today and includes (according to SN Systems) "full and rental ProDG for PSP, Tuner, Build Tools and ProView licenses ordered through the UK-based SN Systems office". The company also says that support fees will be similarly halved.
The company's director, Andy Beveridge, said, "SN Systems development tools for PSP are well-established and mature, having been on sale since the end of 2004. Since then, the tools have grown extensively as a result of direct feedback from PSP game title developers. Significantly reducing the cost of the tools will help to ensure that PSP game title developers have everything they need to continue creating great titles. This price reduction, coupled with the recent addition of Tuner (performance optimizer) to ProDG for PSP, makes the core development tool a very attractive package."
Back in November last year, Sony took a similar slash at the cost of developing for the PS3
The move is no doubt aimed at attracting more developers to the PSP by providing a cheaper entry point to smaller developers. The PSP has not been quite as well supported as its rival, the DS. SPOnG currently has 658 titles on its database as either out or in development for the DS, while the 542 PSP titles are listed.
EA recently said
that it expects the PSP to be outsold by the DS by as much as two to one in Europe and North America this year.