PlayStation Suite SDK Open to Developers in April, PS Vita Support

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111w 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...
 

Video: Unit 13 PS Vita Training: Part 2 - Mastering Game Types

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111w ago - Following up on Part 1, Zipper Interactive Community Manager Chris Roper is here with the second training video in the series on Unit 13 for PS Vita dubbed Mastering Game Types.

To quote: We recently kicked off our in-depth training series for Unit 13, the PS Vita exclusive shooter that puts you in the middle of some of the world's deadliest covert missions.

This three-part in-depth video series aims to teach you everything from the core fundamentals of how to play the game to tips on how to tackle each mission type and even how to fully take advantage of Unit 13€s networking features.

Today we€re unveiling the second installment, which introduces you to the various mission types in Unit 13 and gives you advice on how to best approach them. It goes over basic mission rules, tactical strategies for how to take on each objective and things to look out for along the way.





If you missed the first training video be sure to go back and check that out to get a great overview of Unit 13€s fundamentals, and come back on Friday for the final part...
 

Video: GDC 2012: Sound Shapes for PS Vita - Hands On Tour

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111w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein is here with a hands on tour video demo of Sound Shapes for PS Vita from GDC 2012 below today.

To quote: It's Game Developers Conference time once again, and while headlines are a bit light, it's a great place to find game developers (of course).

We'll be bringing you videos, interviews, and conversations over the next several days, as well as a mega GDC Blogcast on Thursday.

The first game we got ahold of here at GDC is upcoming PS Vita musical platformer Sound Shapes. The game is best seen (and heard), so we present here Jason deGroot of Queasy Games.

In this video, deGroot takes you on a tour through a never-before-seen level, as well as sharing the in-game tutorial, so you know exactly what you'll be seeing when you load up Sound Shapes for the first time.

So when do you get to play Sound Shapes on your own personal Vita? The Queasy Games team doesn't yet have a release date, but they confirmed that a pre-release demo is in the making. We'll keep you posted.




 

Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for March 6, 2012

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111w ago - Sony PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates below, as follows:

This week, we see two big gaming experiences land on PSN, great PS Vita and PS3 content, and a wealth of free content on PlayStation Plus.

To start, if you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can now download Journey and play it today!

Not a PlayStation Plus subscriber? Sign up today and you'll be able to access it from the moment you purchase the subscription. Otherwise, you can still pre-order Journey and snag an exclusive PS3 theme.

Mass Effect 3 makes a landing as you can now download this epic game. Earth is ground zero in the war to save the galaxy- and how you wage that war is entirely up to you.

Groundbreaking interactive storytelling drives the heart-pounding action in which each decision you make could have devastating and deadly consequences.

It's a great week to have a PS3 and a PS Vita with Motorstorm RC being available in the PlayStation Store for both platforms. To make it even sweeter, thanks to our friends at Scion, you can download the PS Vita version free for a limited time!

With leaderboard challenges between friends and cross-play across both PS Vita and PS3, it's never been easier to beat your friends, no matter...
 

Video: Unit 13 Now Available: PS Vita's First Social Shooter

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111w ago - Zipper Interactive Community Manager Chris Roper has announced today that Unit 13, PlayStation Vita's first Social Shooter, is now officially available!

To quote: Are you ready to prove that you have what it takes to run with the best of the best?

Everyone here at Zipper Interactive is happy to announce that Unit 13 is now available in North America, exclusively for PS Vita!

Designed specifically for Vita, Unit 13 puts a console-quality shooter experience in the palm of your hands by offering true dual analog stick controls, detailed graphics and always-on network connectivity.




 











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