And there you go. Just over a year after Sony announced that its PlayStation Suite platform would arrive by the end of 2011, the SDK will finally go into open beta for developers in April. SCE previously released the SDK back in November 2011 in a closed beta format to a limited number of content developers in Japan, the UK and here in the States.
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. SCE said it will continue to further accelerate the expansion of PlayStation Certified devices.
According to SCE, the upcoming open beta version incorporates feedback from the closed beta users that 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," the company states in a press release. "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."
But where's all that PlayStation content SCE promised last year? According to the company, additional content for PlayStation Suite is on the way for Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia. The phased rollout of the update will start later this year and include improving the PlayStation Suite presence on PlayStation Store. SCE will also deliver content created through the official version of PlayStation Suite SDK after the necessary procedure is completed, the company reports.
Looks like the PlayStation Suite platform might actually make an appearance this year. That means loyal PlayStation fans who shelled out money for the Xperia PLAY might actually see something new to play. Sorry, Crash, we love you, but it's time to move on.