I remember using Skype on my PSP-3000 a few times and being impressed with the feature. As a matter of fact, Skype was one of the reasons I sold my old PSP-1000 model for a PSP-3000 one (that, video-out, and the “Rock Band: Unplugged” bundle; man, that game is fun!) However, it was limited to voice-based calling, which was fine, but at the time any computer with a built-in or external webcam could utilize the video/voice call option. I finally got a chance to use the video/voice call option on my Samsung Epic 4G, but ran into some trouble early on in a call with an old college friend of mine (apparently, software now-a-days need something called “updates;” I know, never heard of ’em).
Anyway, when Sony announced the PSP follow-up, PlayStation Vita, it was (and has been) said that Skype would be available sometime after it’s February 2012 launch. Well, it was announced today on the PlayStation Blog that the free Skype Video and Voice Calls app would be on its way via the PlayStation Store later tonight during the store update. The app will join the other Vita apps (Facebook, LiveTweet, Flickr, Foursquare, Netflix), and will be compatible with both 3G/WiFi and WiFi Vita models. The Skype app includes free Skype-to-Skype voice calling, as well as high-quality video calling that utilizes PS Vita’s front and rear cameras. The Skype app can run in “background mode” while you’re playing most games or using most other apps (meaning you can “pause” a game, take the call and then return to your prior activity) so you never miss a call. Plus, as with other devices that utilize Skype, you can purchase Skype credits to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobile directly from your PS Vita.
Check the video below for more details, and now, I’m off to play more Vita games. I LOVE THIS SYSTEM!
[Thanks PlayStation Blog]