Sony revealed yesterday, July 26, that it will be lending PlayStation 5 consoles to independent developers. The recently announced PlayStation Indies Development Hardware Loan Program will allow recently licensed PlayStation game publishers and developers to receive a PS5 Development Kit and a PS5 Test Kit.
Greg Rice, Head of PlayStation Creators, said:
“Our ongoing goal is to make PlayStation the best place to publish and play games of all shapes and sizes. Over the past two years, we’ve been delighted to support our external publishing partners with features in Indie Spotlight events, independent editing videos on our social channels, a dedicated space for PlayStation Indies on PlayStation.com, and we have worked to reduce the time it takes to onboard a new developer to PlayStation.
The goal behind this new initiative is to make PlayStation the best place to play and publish games of all sizes. Sony says new voices, new ideas, and new experiences from the game development industry are eligible for this new program and can register through this link.
Sony also highlights how they want to lower the barrier of entry into the gaming industry and improve the publishing process for PlayStation consoles. However, since this program is a “loan”, it’s unclear whether the developers will be able to keep these dev kits, or may have to reimburse Sony in some way.
There is also a list of supported countries and regions that can register to become a PlayStation Partner which you can view here. PlayStation says that once the developers complete registration, their team will contact you regarding loan terms and conditions.
Source: PlayStation Blog