91w 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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Following up on the previous announcement and GDC 2012 presentation, today Sony has officially launched the PlayStation Suite SDK v0.98 as Open Beta alongside an FAQ below!
The PlayStation Suite SDK had previously been in Closed Beta since November last year, but now the free SDK is available for anyone to download, and one notable addition to the Open Beta is that it allows for content to be developed for the PS Vita too.
The ability to create games and apps for touchscreen and physical button devices.
Test and debug what they have developed on PlayStation Certified Devices and the PlayStation Vita.
Access the Developer Forums to discuss issues and information with other developers and SCE employees.
The full version is "scheduled to begin later this year (2012)" according to the PlayStation website but will also come with a new contract to sign and for a fee (US $99).
If anyone wants to give it a try then hit up the http://www.playstation.com/pss/developer/openbeta/index_e.html and download it for yourself.
PlayStation Suite SDK 0.98
PS Suite SDK is a software package for developing applications that can be run on the PlayStation Vita system and PlayStation Certified devices.
PS Suite SDK includes PC applications such as PC Suite Studio, as well as PS Suite UI Composer for laying out UI components.
Further, in addition to basic graphic and sound libraries, PS Suite SDK also includes GameEngine2D for games using 2D graphics, Physics2D for 2D physical engine, as well as superior libraries such as the UI component library UI Toolkit.
Rather than providing only basic samples for explaining each basic API, the SDK also gives you access to samples of games and applications using 2D and 3D graphics.
For further details, see the documents included in the SDK.
Developer Program for PlayStation Suite (Open Beta) FAQ
1. I read that I will be required to sign another separate contract once the Open Beta period ends. Can you go into more detail? After the Open Beta period ends, use of the PS Suite Development Assistant will be restricted. You will then be required to pay a fee (US$99 per year) and sign a contract to validate developed content for use on actual devices (PS Certified devices and the PS Vita systems) and sell this content in the PS Store.
2. When will the Open Beta period end? The Open Beta period will end when the Developer Program for PS Suite officially launches. The official launch is scheduled to begin later this year (2012).
3. I have already signed a license agreement for PS PS Vita/PSP/PS3/minis platforms. Does this cover the Developer Program for PS Suite? A separate contract is required. For Open Beta, you will be asked to agree to a http://www.scei.co.jp/pss/sdk/eula.html for the SDK, as well as http://www.playstation.com/pss/developer/openbeta/eula_dev.html for the Developer Portal.
4. Can content developed in Open Beta be sold in the PS Store? In order to sell developed content in the PS Store, you will be required to sign a separate contract, which includes a fee (US$99 per year). Further, you will be asked to update your SDK to the latest version.
5. What can be done in Open Beta that could not be done in Closed Beta Test? In Open Beta, you can use a version of the SDK that, as a result of Closed Beta Test, has undergone various improvements and enhancements in, for example, GameEngine2D.
Additionally, developed content can be tested on the PS Vita system, rather than just PS Certified devices. Further, developers throughout the world will be allowed to participate in development starting in Open Beta. For details, visit http://www.playstation.com/pss/developer/openbeta/index_e.html.
6. When will content begin to be sold? What countries will content be sold in? You can start submitting and selling content to users once the Developer Program for PS Suite officially launches later this year (2012). We are now making every effort to ensure that your content can be sold in as many countries and regions as possible. We will post information on this website as it becomes available.
7. How much will content be sold for? What percentage will developers receive? We can't provide detailed information at this stage, but we are considering a pricing structure based on current market conditions.
8. Can anyone be a developer? We can't provide detailed information at this stage, but we are now making the necessary preparations to allow developers to smoothly move through the contract stage. We will post information on this website as it becomes available.
9. Are there guidelines for developing content? We are currently drawing up guidelines for selling content in the PS Store. We will post information on this website as it becomes available.
10. Can I use PSN features? When will I be able to use them? We can't provide detailed information at this stage, but we are doing everything we can to make requested features available as soon as possible.
11. Can I develop free games and applications? Development will be limited to paid (including freemiun) content.
12. Is there a system for in-game/app purchasing? If so, when can I begin to use it? An in-game/app purchasing system is expected to be usable through a scheduled update during the Open Beta period. We will post information on this website as it becomes available.
PlayStation Suite Developer Program SDK v0.98 Changelog
New / Changes
PS Suite applications can be developed and executed on PlayStation(R)Vita. See “Settings to Execute on PlayStation(R)Vita” for the details.
Copy constructors of the following class have been withdrawn, and ShallowClone() method has been added, instead.
Directory structure has been changed. The files/directories for the application package must be placed in the “Application/” directory. ( “texture/foo.jpg” -> “/Application/texture/foo.jpg” )
The number of layers of sub-directories that can be created under Application/, Documents/ and Temp/ are limited, the number is limited to 5 layers below the corresponding directory, including file.
“/Application/1/2/3/4/5.dat” -> OK (Same as Documents/, Temp/ directories)
“/Application/1/2/3/4/5/6.dat” -> NG (Same as Documents/, Temp/ directories)
Sample has been installed in the following locations by default.
Windows XP: “C:/Documents and Settings/All Users/Documents/pss/”
Windows 7: “C:/Users/Public/Documents/pss/”
The name of the program to run PS Suite applications on devices have been changed to PlayStation(R)Suite Development Assistant.
How to start up the PS Suite applications on devices has been changed.
No need to sign-in.
Network connection is required.
In the case of Windows XP, USB driver needs to be manually installed at the first connection with Vita. For the details, please see “Settings to execute in PlayStation(R)Vita” in the document.
New / Changes
The following APIs have been added.
New / Changes
The following class has been withdrawn.
New / Changes
The following API has been added.
The constructor which takes ShaderProgramOption of ShaderProgram as an argument.
The following API will be withdrawn.
The function which stores Primitive in VertexBuffer
MirroredRepeat mode of TextureWrapMode
Currently PlayStation(R)Vita has a restriction as below.
GraphicsContext.SetVertexBuffer() applies only the first VertexBuffer.
GraphicsContext.SetPolygonOffset() is not supported. The specified parameter is neglected.
ShaderProgramOption is not supported. The specified parameter is neglected.
Texture2D.GenerateMipmap() does not work correctly in some cases.
TextureCube is not supported. An exception occurs when it is created.
New / Changes
Constructors which receive bitmap image have been added to the Image class.
In Image class, the argument order of constructor Image(ImageSize size, ImageColor color, ImageMode mode) has been changed to Image(ImageMode mode, ImageSize size, ImageColor color).
New / Changes
Dispose() of Widget and UIElement class has been changed from virtual function to nonvirtual function. Then, Dispose(bool) and DisposeSelf() have been newly added as virtual functions.
RenderToFrameBuffer method has been added to Widget class.
Instance method of UnloadFromCache has been added to ImageAsset class.
If linefeed code was included in Label strings, it was not displayed correctly. This problem has been fixed.
The values of LocalPosition and WorldPosition of DragEventArgs were reversed. This problem has been fixed.
The values of MoveTarget of SlideTransition were reversed. This problem has been fixed.
Only DemoRssReader sample does not work on PlayStation(R)Vita.
PS Suite UI Composer
New / Changes
Preview functionality has been added.
For the details, please refer to “Layout Guide” in the document.
In addition, fine adjustment has been made and problems have been fixed.
PS Suite Studio
New / Changes
In the BuildAction of None or Resource, files cannot be copied to the devices. Please use Contents.
While performing debug executing on target device, PlayStation(R)Vita, console output is not displayed in the application. In execution without debugging, it runs correctly.
While performing debug executing on target device, PlayStation(R)Vita, if “Stop” is selected, it reports application error. While executing without debug, “Stop” works correctly, without causing application error.
There is a bug that cannot step execute after pausing (Run->Pause) the running application. In the case, put the breakpoint just below the paused point it can be workarounded.
With the problems in Windows 7, when the menu items are selected, with the white characters in the pale background, it becomes difficult to read the items.
Model file type is the one under development. It may be changed in the future versions.
HighLevel.Model is under development. Not all the features are implemented yet.