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PlayStation Suite SDK open beta now available to the public
PlayStation Suite SDK open beta now available to the public
April 19, 2012 | By Mike Rose

April 19, 2012 | By Mike Rose
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Sony has launched the open beta of its PlayStation Suite SDK tools, offering developers the necessary utilities to create PlayStation-branded content for Android devices and the PS Vita.

The company outlined its PlayStation Suite initiative last year, marking the first time that PlayStation content will be made available on an open operating system, and suggesting that Sony is acknowledging that it has to address a growing threat to its handheld gaming business posed by smartphones.

The PS Suite SDK is free to download through Sony's Developer Program, and allows developers access to tools and software libraries for PS Suite, along with the tools to conduct performance verification of their content on the PS Vita and PlayStation-certified Android devices.

The open beta version includes a 2D graphics engine and 2D physical engine, with content samples to demonstrate these features. The full program, due to be released later this year, will allow developers to sell content through the PlayStation Store on a commercial basis, and will cost $99 annually.

Jack Buser, senior director of PlayStation Digital Platforms, told Gamasutra that the company has noted the underwhelming performance of Microsoft's own similar platform, Xbox Live Indie Games, explaining, "We've seen what has happened on competing platforms and are dedicated to delivering a better experience through PlayStation."


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Benjamin Quintero
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Interesting...

Evan Combs
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"Jack Buser, senior director of PlayStation Digital Platforms, told Gamasutra that the company has noted the underwhelming performance of Microsoft's own similar platform, Xbox Live Indie Games, explaining, 'We've seen what has happened on competing platforms and are dedicated to delivering a better experience through PlayStation.'"

I hope this is true.

Antonio Flores
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Considering the last time they made something to "develop" content for their other gaming devices, I'm a bit on the fence when it comes to Sony. I feel as if I should wait and see where it goes before thinking about diving into their SDK.

Dolgion Chuluunbaatar
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This could well be the move Sony has to do to bring the Vita to life! (see what i did there?)
Anyway, the Vita appears to be an amazing console, and with all the bells and whistles it will most likely take the innovative and creative energy of the indie community to make the device really interesting and unique. I would totally buy it if there were more interesting games that are explicit to the platform. I'm actually surprised that there isn't more of an uproar in the comment section. I think this is huge huge news

Benjamin Quintero
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I get the feeling that many people have been burned by Sony suddenly removing support in a firmware update without notice. I'd like to think that this time is different but I'm reminded of the PS2 linux that died on the vine and the alternate OS functionality on the PS3. If Sony is serious this time around, I'd consider picking up a VITA but I'll likely regret it when they pull the plug on this program in 18 months.

Bram Stolk
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It looks like Sony is getting desperate because of that $6.4B loss. The only way out is to duplicate Apple's insane success with the app store. It is the right move though: the market is shifting from AAA studios to small indies.

Axel Cholewa
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PS certified devices? Sounds like this is for mobile only. What about PS3 or Minis?

Igor Makaruks
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I think Sony is late to the party here.
PS Suite SDK is Windows only development environment which supports C# only. If this tech was available a couple of years ago when XBLIG scene was popular I could see XNA indie devs porting their titles to PS Suite. But now when everyone (small indie studios) develops in native languages for iOS etc, this whole concept looks dated.

Craig Page
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So it lets you make stuff that runs on Vita, and Android.... except only Android phones and tablets made by Sony. That's not very useful. :) But making a Vita game would be. Could this be a clever strategy to sell a couple hundred thousand Vitas to programmers?


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