Unveiled by Sony Computer Entertainment last year and having been in Closed Beta since November 2011, the company today announced that the open beta of their Playstation Suite SDK will be available to content developers in April 2012, with the intention of the official version being released later on this year. Through the introduction of these SDK’s, they will be able to offer a more streamlined content development environment for developers and further expand the Playstation to open operating system based portable devices.
The closed beta version was originally available to limited content developers in Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom and this version will incorporate the feedback and enhance convenience and efficiency of the content development environment. The open beta will be available free of charge and will expand target countries in addition to the three original locations. However, content developers will be set back $99 US annually when the SDK becomes released later on this year, but will allow them to have their content distributed through the Playstation Store on a commercial basis.
Playstation Certified Devices covered under this scheme include the Xperia line of Playstation mobile devices along with Sony Tablets. Currently there is no word on if or when it will support the companies portable gaming consoles including the Playstation Vita or just their mobile devices.