We were expecting the PlayStation Suite developer program to go into open beta this month, and sure enough it's happened. Developers can now download the free Suite SDK, which will allow them to create apps and games for the PS Vita and PlayStation Certified devices. Once the beta period is up at some point later this year, signing a $99-per-year contract will allow developers to sell their content in the PlayStation Store.
Sony isn't revealing much information on exactly how stringent the contract requirements will be, though the FAQ does say that games must be either paid or freemium, and an in-app purchasing system is coming later in the beta period. PlayStation Suite's been a little slow getting itself off the ground since its announcement over a year ago, but the news that more content is finally on the way should be reassuring to owners of the Vita and other Sony devices.