Kingston University opens games lab

Kingston University opens games lab
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

November 25th 2009 at 3:06PM

Sony and Microsoft provide tech for new educational facility

Kingston University has opened a games development lab, promising to offer industry standard technology to students at the south west London university.

“The students can work together taking on a variety of development roles and can use a lot of different equipment simultaneously – all of which reflects what they will find in the real world,” said Kingston’s games technology field leader Darrel Greenhill.

Both Sony and Microsoft have provided software to the lab, which is equipped to create titles for Xbox and PSP platforms. As well as development PCs, Kingston's new space also includes a trio of paired large projector screens, designed to allow students to study code and graphics at the same time.

“This solves one of the major problems we had with teaching games code," revealed Greenhill. "Before, when we only had one screen, we had to show the code we had written first and then switch to a view of the graphic. Now we have the two screens side by side so we can display the code and the corresponding image together.”

“The console games market is a fast-evolving, multi-billion pound industry,” he added. “We want Kingston students to be at the forefront of the exciting developments in this important market.”