The Royal Navy is of the opinion that Sony’s Play Station Portable device is a better medium of study than regular books which come across as boring to many of its personals.
The Navy has purchased 230 blue-colored PSPs costing £120 each for the Marine warfare engineering technicians who are in charge of maintaining sonar, radar, communications systems and VHF radio.
If the move proves to be of use, other departments of the Navy might also get them in quick time.
The Maritime Warfare School, which is located in HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire came up with this idea when it was found that a quarter of people were dropping out of its training programs.
The distributed PSP comes preloaded with a training program developed by Lieutenant-Commander Mark “Beasty” Williams who, while talking to The Times has said that in many of the ships people have a very limited space and the device was ideally suited for such environments.
The program incidentally can load study packages, commentary prepared by instructors and slides which appear in ‘bursts’ of 8 to 12 minutes each. The total cost of the project, including the development of the program has cost the Navy almost £50,000.
Maybe it would have been better for them to get an ebook reader rather than a portable gaming station. It is likely that the targeted audience is a young one with an interest in video games. That said, given the fact that the PSP has a small screen, it might not be the kind of platform that's ideal for learning.