Quazal, makers of the Net-Z and Rendez-Vous online multiplayer middleware technologies, and the newly announced Spark! lobby technology, have been approved for Sony Computer Entertainment Incorporated's Tools and Middleware programme for PlayStation 3. Versions are already ready for evaluation by game developers.

With this approval, Quazal will develop and market networking middleware technologies for the PS3, saying dozens of developers and publishers have been anxious to work with Quazal's Net-Z in-game and Rendez-Vous lobby and matchmaking technologies.

"The next generation of game consoles brings a lot of power to developers, but many of the problems inherent in online gaming remain," said Martin Lavoie, CTO of Quazal. "With true cross-title support, and support for multiple PlayStation platforms, developers can save time and money on their online games, while delivering cutting edge features to their end users."

By incorporating Quazal's technology into their game titles, developers and publishers will open the door to low-risk lobby and matchmaking development with Quazal Spark!, as well as the innovative features of Quazal Net-Z and Rendez-Vous. Because of the cross-platform nature of Quazal's technologies, these ideas will be "far easier to implement than ever before".

"A developer making a game during this transition period may want to target not only next-generation platforms like PlayStation 3, but also current generation platforms such as PlayStation 2 and PSP," stated Mike Drummelsmith, Developer Relations Manager at Quazal. "With Quazal's technologies, including the new Spark! platform, online games can target all three of these platforms with minimal effort, lowering risk drastically."

Quazal will at the Game Developers Conference in San Jose this week.