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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe teams up with UCLan

UCLan and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in unique partnership

UCLan has incorporated 3D technology into its games development and teaching, through a unique partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE).

Stuart Brown graduated with a first-class degree in Games Development from UCLan.

He said: “Being able to work with a company like Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and draw on their expertise has been really beneficial to me. I’ve had a real insight into what it’s like working in the games development industry.”

Three UCLan games development graduates included 3D stereoscopic rendering in their final year project, working closely with the PlayStation® 3D technology experts to incorporate the latest gaming developments into their work with resounding success.

“I’ve been extremely impressed with the graduates’ work and it shows what potential they have going into the gaming industry."

Simon Benson, Senior Development Manager SCEE, commented: “I’ve been extremely impressed with the graduates’ work and it shows what potential they have going into the gaming industry.

“It’s been great working with UCLan because the staff are keen to move with developments and have taken on board a vision of 3D gaming, providing their students with industry informed skills that are very much needed in the future of gaming.”

Graduate Tom Russell also received a first-class Games Development degree at UCLan. He commented: “I’ve received some positive feedback from Simon and Ian and to have such knowledgeable industry experts on hand for advice is invaluable.”

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has provided UCLan with two 60 inch 3D televisions, 3D stereoscopic glasses, a Playstation® 3 and all the 3D stereoscopic titles available to establish a 3D research laboratory.

UCLan Senior Lecturer in software engineering, Laurent Noel, said: “This collaboration in the field of stereoscopic research has proved of immeasurable benefit to the Games Development students."

"UCLan is already well known for the technical strength of its games degree. Now it is far ahead in the field in providing undergraduates experience of working with a major company on a cutting-edge technical topic.”

The University aims to work with SCEE to support larger scale trials in the future and is already in talks with the company to incorporate 3D research into its TV Production courses, to provide students with experience of filming and producing footage in 3D.