Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that it will be offering software development kits for PlayStation Suite as part of a closed-beta test prior to the initiative's public launch. The PlayStation Suite SDK will be offered to "limited participants," before it launches, and interested developers are now able to submit applications.
In the announcement, Sony describes PlayStation Suite as "an initiative designed to deliver the world of PlayStation to open operating system based portable devices." It's further explained that the "PS Suite SDK will run programs developed in C# on virtual machine equipped in both PS Certified devices and PS Vita."
The use of PS Suite will help developers reduce the cost of making new titles across multiple platforms by enabling them to develop titles using a single SDK that can be bring the product to multiple devices.
In related news, industry site Gamasutra also reports that Japanese mobile service provider NTT DoCoMo will be rolling out PlayStation Certification for the Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc and Acro via a mobile update next week. That said, those phones won't be able to access the Android section of the PlayStation Store until it launches "sometime next month." Both phones are also both available in the U.S., but Sony has yet to reveal if the update will end up being applied globally. Those phones that have access to that section of the store when it opens though, will be able to download and play digital versions of select PSOne titles, as well as mobile-specific titles developed using PS Suite.
Developers interested in registering for the PlayStation Suite closed-beta can begin the application process via the link at the bottom of the official announcement.