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Skype coming to the PlayStation®Vita - Wednesday 25th April

 

 

 

 

Skype announced today that Skype video calling will become on PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system on Wednesday 25th April , expanding Skype video calling capabilities to a mobile gaming device for the first time.  PS Vita system, which launched in early 2012, will offer video calling capabilities and voice calling on both the Wi-Fi and 3G models. PS Vita system users can download the application for free from the "Social" category of the PlayStation®Store across PAL territories.         

 

 “Our users appreciate being able to access Skype features wherever and whenever they choose,” said Manrique Brenes, senior director of emerging opportunities at Skype.   “With the launch of Skype for PS Vita, we are taking another step towards our ultimate goal of making Skype video calling available on every platform, all over the world, and meeting the demands of existing PlayStation users to offer video on a gaming console.”

 

Skype on PS Vita system runs in “background mode” for users while gaming or using other applications and users have the capability to “pause” a game, conduct a call and then return to their previous activity.  Additionally, PS Vita system features both front and rear facing cameras, which allows users to switch back and forth between the two during a Skype call. This is a great benefit of never missing a call even when playing a game or using another app.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About time too!

 

Just to confirm, does it work over the 3G networks?

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About time too!

 

Just to confirm, does it work over the 3G networks?


 

Voice and video calls will require a Wi-Fi connection in some countries.

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Envisager wrote:

strangeplaice wrote:

About time too!

 

Just to confirm, does it work over the 3G networks?


 

Voice and video calls will require a Wi-Fi connection in some countries.


Is there anywhere, or going to be anywhere we can see which ones? This would render my phone somewhat obsolete if it works here :P

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Only just watched the vid.....I take it Jonathan Wendel is jumping on the PSVita bandwagon now.

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looks delish!
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Looks good.... will have to put it through it's paces, tomorrow.

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Should have been a day one app, just like PSOne classic support. Anyway I can't wait to give this a whirl

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Should have been a day one app, just like PSOne classic support. Anyway I can't wait to give this a whirl


why?  it was down to skype and obviously it was not ready. i guess if it was day one release it would have had many complaints about it not working propperly skype can't win no matter what some people say.

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Sony are stabbing their loyal family customers in the back - We have 3 PS3s and 3 PSPs all on the same IP address and all registered with Sony. Why can't we use them at the same time anymore?

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Well you know some people Crusty. If it doesn't have everything in it from day one they'll complain. Even if it did have everything they'd still complain.

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Hoping Netflix app will follow shortly too, then ill have everything i need for my VITA needs. 

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I'm gonna give this a try tomorrow.
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This will be good as I can't Skype on my phone as it does not have a front camera unlike the vita.
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:smileyvery-happy:

 

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I love the vibrant colours on the screen in the example pic, like the Vitas crappy cameras will look REMOTELY like that. :Frown:

 

That said, I'm still looking forward to this as it could be handy.  I wonder if it will force the Vita to stay connected to WiFi in standby though?  Even moreso, I wonder if lets you voice chat over Skype while in a game?

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no it doesnt let you "Sadly, you cannot take a call, go back to your game of choice and continue chatting. That's a feature of the Vita's built-in Party App, but PlayStation's Senior Director of Mobile Platforms John Koller doesn't see one being better than the other. "
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Hmm, I'm starting to doubt the usefulness of this app then as neither of the people I call on Skype own a Sony console and at least one of them likes to just sit and chat for hours.  Not good if that prevents me from switching back to my game.

 

Also the video chat is going to suck as the camera is in the wrong place.  The few times I have used the camera its been super hard to use, because if you are looking at the Vita normally the camera looks at the right side of your face. 

 

A really crap design decision to put it on the far right of the console, trying to line it up to create my Virtua Tennis character was a nightmare.  I had to move the console so I was staring at the face buttons, while trying to glance to the left to see if it was lined up yet.  Its going to look really weird on Skype for the same reason.

 

Its a shame, its one of the few design flaws I find with the Vita.  The only other one is the rear touch pad not being the same size as the touch screen, makes the games where you are supposed to squash/touch something that is on the screen really awkward, as you end up touching the bottom BELOW the touch pad.

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they might update the skype app overtime if people want to chat while in games, at least they are bringing some stuff out a lot of people have been moaning about wanting for ages.

 

Now theres only psone classics and remote play left i think. ill probably just use skype for messaging unless i need to vid chat for whatever reason.

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Glad this app is finally cominh out, though I don't know any friends that use Skype, so probably won't ever use it.

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Could you use Skype on your vita as a cross game chat device wilst on the ps3?
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I should imagine you could as it's a separate system, try it!!
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