Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) will release the open beta version of PlayStation Suite SDK to content developers in April 2012 and the official version later this year.
Through the introduction of these SDKs, SCE will offer a more streamlined content development environment for content developers, pursuing its plans to expand the world of PlayStation to open operating system based portable devices.
In November 2011, SCE released the closed beta version of PlayStation Suite SDK to limited content developers in Japan, United States and the United Kingdom. The upcoming open beta version incorporates their feedback and according to Sony, it will "dramatically enhance convenience and efficiency of the content development environment." 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 PlayStation Vita.
SCE will also release the official version of PlayStation Suite SDK at $99 US annually later this year, allowing content developers to have their content distributed through the PlayStation Store on a commercial basis. Through the official version, content developers will also be able to continue to develop content which was created with the open beta or the closed beta versions.
Furthermore, SCE will be adding content for PlayStation 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 include improving the PlayStation Suite presence on PlayStation Store for users who want to enjoy a variety of content on their PlayStation Certified devices. SCE will also deliver content created through the official version of PlayStation Suite SDK after the necessary procedure is completed.
As of March 7, 2012, the line-up of PlayStation Certified devices includes Xperia arc, Xperia acro, Xperia PLAY, Xperia acro HD, Xperia S, Xperia ion from Sony Mobile Communications AB, and "Sony Tablet" S and "Sony Tablet" P from Sony Corporation.
Through PlayStation Suite, SCE said it would deploy various measures to support content developers in their business, and expand the PlayStation entertainment experience on an open operating system.