Mar 07 AT 3:04 PM Edgar Cervantes 12 Comments

Sony opens PlayStation Suite SDK Beta next month, game selection soon to improve


PlayStation Suite has just gotten a step closer to becoming more relevant. Sony will be opening a beta version of the PlayStation Suite SDK, which will improve the lack-luster variety of games available. Now that Sony is in charge of its mobile department, the company is set to make some major improvements. And considering Sony’s past, gaming will definitely be in mind.

The Suite’s beta SDK will open up next month. There is already a beta SDK available, but it was only available to select content developers in the US, UK and Japan. This SDK beta will expand its horizons to the rest of the world, allowing more developers to create original content for PlayStation Certified devices once the official product is released.

The final SDK is set to be released “later this year” at a cost of $99. After that, we will start seeing more games coming to PlayStation Suite, leaving Crash Bandicoot in the past, again. Both major and small game developers will be able to take advantage of this, so we are expecting to see some good games coming. Especially since there is a probability that the PS Vita will also be able to access such content.

The most exciting part is the idea that we could be starting to see some much better games drop on Android. Currently, the Android Market has very few “console quality” games, while many devices could handle PSP and PS2 content. If Sony managed to get some PSP (or even PS Vita) games in there, the tables would turn very quickly.

Now let’s just hope that some good developers take part in this.  Do you think this project will become a success? Could it grow enough to compete with Tegra Zone and GameCommand?

Show Press Release
Open Beta Version of SDK to be Released in April, Official Version to be Released Later This Year

TOKYO, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will release the open beta version of PlayStation®Suite SDK*(1) 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 – from large game development companies to small, independent shops – and further 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 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*(2) on a commercial basis. 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.

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 with ease and convenience on their PlayStationâ„¢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 PlayStationâ„¢Certified devices includes Xperiaâ„¢ arc, Xperiaâ„¢ acro, Xperiaâ„¢ PLAY, Xperiaâ„¢ acro HD, Xperiaâ„¢ S, Xperiaâ„¢ ion*(3) from Sony Mobile Communications AB, and “Sony Tablet” S and “Sony Tablet” P from Sony Corporation. SCE will continue to further accelerate the expansion of PlayStationâ„¢Certified devices.
Through PlayStation®Suite, SCE will deploy various measures to support content developers in their business, and expand the PlayStation® entertainment experience on an open operating system.

*(1) Software Development Kit is a set of development tools and software libraries. Developers are able to obtain this SDK by signing a license agreement with SCE.
*(2) Users can download vast digital content including games through PlayStation Store for PS3, PSP, PS Vita and PS Certified devices.
*(3) Model name may vary by region.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PlayStation®2 (PS2®) computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PS2® further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP® is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3® is an advanced computer system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation® experience to open operating systems through PlayStation®Suite, a cross platform and cross device initiative. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Sony Computer Entertainment Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.

PlayStation, PS3, PS2 and PSP are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xperia is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sony Mobile Communications AB. “Sony Tablet” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Via: The Verge

Source: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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  • jaxidian

    To make this successful, Sony must:

    1) License the “PlayStation ready” (or whatever it is) logo for free to manufacturers/carriers! It needs to be easy and NOT exclusive or it fails hard!
    2) Port existing PSP/PS2/PS3 games to be available for purchase.

    If Sony can do these two things, without giving away our personal information, then it will be wonderful!

    • zerosix

      HTC is going (if not already) to be “playstation certified”
      And porting games is not such an easy thing… But if they connect PSP and cell phone in one device – it will be great.

      • jaxidian

        Good that HTC will be “playstation certified”. I hope this spreads to the other manufacturers as well. They really should push to make this an expectation for all Android devices instead of some pseudo-exclusive or hit-and-miss thing. Sony will have a great gaming ecosystem if they can accomplish this and realize that they should focus on profits with the games themselves and not with the certification process.

        • zerosix

          Sony has a great gaming ecosystem: PSP, PS3, PSN. I really don’t understand, why they don’t want to make a PSP-phone (I mean, not playstation-certified android device, but PSP with a phone). That would be a great device for gamers.
          For android world it would be great to do gaming ecosystem with Google. And it would be ok for Sony, because they would be guru of gaming.

          • Jeff

            Because people would expect to have the long battery life of a phone, which means you’ll never be able to game for any significant amount of time. When Uncharted can drain your battery in 3 hours, a 30 minute gaming session on your Playstation Phone means loosing ~20% of your battery life. That’s pretty unacceptable for most people.

  • nportelli

    Well for Sony to really be successful with this, is they will make the SDK free. The $99 fee should only be when you are submitting your app to get certified.

  • Nathan D.

    Hopefully more games will come out from Sony own liberty of games.

  • spazby

    I can think of a lot of great games i want to play on my phone…

  • Slith

    I think a lot of good will come from this. Give me Uncharted Android!

  • honourbound68

    i can’t wait for this. exciting times for gaming on the go.

  • ccrogers15

    like sony is gonna allow for people to publish games through the PS suite to tablet. they wont get profit.

  • kimminer1

    I am not a gamer, but the device looks very nice