Sony Computer Entertainment to Expand PlayStation Suite With Stronger Support For Content Development
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) has announced that it will release the open beta version of PlayStationÂ®Suite SDK to content developers in April 2012 and the official version later this year.Â Through the introduction of these SDKs, SCE will offer a more streamlined content development environment for content developers â€” from large game development companies to small, independent shops â€” and further expand the world of PlayStationÂ® to open operating system based portable devices.
In November 2011, SCE released the closed beta version of PlayStationÂ®Suite SDK to limited content developers in Japan, United States and the United Kingdom.Â The upcoming open beta version incorporates their feedback and will dramatically enhance convenience and efficiency of the content development environment.Â The phased rollout of the open beta version will start in April 2012 free of charge and expand target countries beyond Japan, United States and the United Kingdom. Developers will also be able to conduct performance verification of their content developed with the open beta version on PlayStationÂ®Vita.
SCE will also release the official version of PlayStationÂ®Suite SDK at $99 US annually later this year, allowing content developers to have their content distributed through the PlayStationÂ®Store on a commercial basis. Â Through the official version, content developers will also be able to seamlessly continue to develop content which was created with the open beta or the closed beta versions. Users can download vast digital content including games through PlayStation Store for PS3, PSP, PS Vita and PS Certified devices.
Furthermore, SCE will be adding content for PlayStationÂ®Suite in Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia. The phased rollout of the update will start later this year. The phased rollout will includeÂ improving the PlayStationÂ®Suite presence on PlayStationÂ®Store for users who want to enjoy a variety of content with ease and convenience on their PlayStationâ„˘Certified devices. SCE will also deliver content created through the official version of PlayStationÂ®Suite SDK after the necessary procedure is completed.
As of March 7, 2012, the line-up of PlayStationâ„˘Certified devices includes Xperiaâ„˘ arc, Xperiaâ„˘ acro, Xperiaâ„˘ PLAY, Xperiaâ„˘ acro HD, Xperiaâ„˘ S, Xperiaâ„˘ ion (Model name may vary by region) from Sony Mobile Communications AB, and “Sony Tablet” S and “Sony Tablet” P from Sony Corporation.Â SCE will continue to further accelerate the expansion of PlayStationâ„˘Certified devices.
Through PlayStationÂ®Suite, SCE will deploy various measures to support content developers in their business, and expand the PlayStationÂ® entertainment experience on an open operating system. Developers are able to obtain this SDK by signing a license agreement with SCE.