Sony, Taiwan team for game development

Economic affairs ministry subsidizing 40% of local costs

HONG KONG -- Sony Computer Entertainment, the Taiwanese ministry of economic affairs and six Taiwan-based firms have signed a deal to develop games for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PlayStation Portable (PSP) products.

The deal involves SCE introducing Japanese and western game producers into Taiwan to help local game developers deliver console games for the Taiwanese and mainland Chinese market. Consoles such as the PS3 are currently a rarity in China, where gamers favor online platforms.

The ministry will subsidize 40% of the cost of software development and technology licensing incurred by the Taiwanese firms.

The six firms include four developers XPEC, Intersev, Yeck and SOGA as well as two telephone operators Tatung and Far EasTone.

"A complete home entertainment vision will eventually allow all Sony products such as high-def TVs, handsets, navigation systems and other devices to "talk" to each other and deliver all forms of digital content," SCEA president Tetsuhiko Yasuda said at a press conference Monday.