63w ago - Following up on our previous article, today Engadget (linked above) reports that Sony's PlayStation Suite will be open to all developers beginning in April with PS Vita support followed by a full SDK coming afterwards.
The PS Suite SDK will allow licensed developers to create and run performance testing on all PlayStation-certified Android smartphones and tablets as well as the PS Vita.
This SDK Beta will be free of charge, while the official version will come later this year and require a $99 annual subscription in return for allowing devs to make their wares commercially available on Sony's platform.
Below is the official Sony Press Release, as follows:
Sony Computer Entertainment to Expand PlayStation Suite by Further Strengthening Support for Content Development
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 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*(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 PlayStation 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.
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You CAN run the apps (either your own or demo apps supplied with the kit) on any Vita but ... not directly but via supplied launch app Called PS Suite Dev and it will indeed guard what and where exactly are you running.
Also - once the beta will end you'll be unable to do so without paying the yearly fee of $99 which though (comparing to usual dev kit prices) is still peanuts if you're really interested in developing and you can actully even get your final product(s) published (and sold) on PS store - sweet, isn't it?
Theoretically - as long as Sony will not block it in some way (or link your kit to your particular Vita) you should be still able to distribute the SLN project to others to use it via Dev app but they'd need to purchase the $99 license as well to be able to run it, but there is no way of producing the "native" signed Vita app with this directly.