Aren't they cute?

Sony's just launched the open beta for its Vita development programme PlayStation Suite.

Interested users can download an SDK and start creating software for Vita and other PlayStation-certified mobile devices. It's free during the open beta period, but once it ends you'll have to pay $99 a year to keep using it. That $99 fee also entitles you to sell anything you've created with the Suite.

This isn't the first time Sony's opened up its platforms to a wider development community — remember Net Yaroze? — but we can't wait to see what intriguing applications come to Vita from this open beta.