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April 24, 2012 // 9:01 pm - Sony Senior Director Manrique Brenes from their Consumer Electronics Group at Skype has announced that PS Vita is getting Skype video and Voice Calling beginning today.

To quote: Hi everyone! My name is Manrique Brenes and I'm the senior director of the consumer electronics group at Skype.

We've very happy to announce that the Skype Video and Voice calling app for PS Vita will be available later today on PlayStation Store.

Starting later today, you can enjoy free Skype calls on PS Vita. You'll be able to keep in touch with gamers around the globe while you're on the go as Skype is available for both the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi 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 on PS Vita runs in "background mode" while you're gaming or using other applications* – meaning you have the capability to "pause" a game, conduct a call and then return to your previous activity – so you never miss a call. Plus, with a little Skype credit you can make low-cost calls to landlines and mobile directly from your PS Vita.

As you know, PS Vita is equipped with a 5" OLED touchscreen, dual analog sticks, precise rear touch pad, two cameras and a built-in microphone that can be used with any Skype-certified headset.

To help walk you through the application, check out the video with our friend, fellow game enthusiast Fatal1ty.




Please visit www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-ps-vita for more information on Skype features for PS Vita.

For feedback or questions please visit Skype Support. Happy gaming!

* Certain games/applications will not be able to "pause" during a call."

Sony Announces PS Vita Gets Skype Video and Voice Calling Today

Sony Announces PS Vita Gets Skype Video and Voice Calling Today

Sony Announces PS Vita Gets Skype Video and Voice Calling Today

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#20 - GrandpaHomer - April 25, 2012 // 2:04 pm
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This app is totall crap - less than bare (or even skeleton) minimum:

- can't use the skype (even just for voice call) while in background
- only can receive calls while in backround and after accepting it app will switch to forefround and game / other app will pause (not working even with all games)
- if you press PS button during the call, call will terminate
- no IM / text chat
- no adding / managing contacts
- no using of the buttons / Touch Screen controls only
- no option to swich off screen during (voice) call = vasting battery / decreasing running time
- no ANY kind of settings whatsoever (groups, displaying of all or just online contacts)
- no other than "tiled" accounts view
- own video preview window way small
- no volume control in app

5 years old kid can make better apps than this pile of steaming crap.

Very VERY pathethic attemp to make Skype app

#19 - skyo78 - April 25, 2012 // 1:31 pm
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Ok, Its out now in the UK store

#18 - Bartholomy - April 25, 2012 // 11:31 am
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Quote Originally Posted by StanSmith View Post
Skype can do that and has for the last few years. up to 7 other users in a video conference call BUT I dont think you can do that on a mobile? I know it does work for the PC version.

It's a paid service , for multiple video conference using Skype.

And PSVITA (as much i understood) support just 1 call, from point to point, like Skype mobile.

#17 - lele0o0o - April 25, 2012 // 10:58 am
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you can't add contact to your account by using psvita skype app

i hope next update will fix this

#16 - StanSmith - April 25, 2012 // 10:30 am
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Has Germany has this weeks update yet? Here just got it about an hour ago

#15 - gfour - April 25, 2012 // 8:45 am
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why it is not available in germany?

#14 - StanSmith - April 25, 2012 // 5:42 am
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Quote Originally Posted by JessicaFindlay View Post
Do you think there are many VoIP's featuring LIVE mobile video chat with the number of group participants? I don't think so, they are all different in functionalities. So far, skype and oovoo was good, google hangout is better. But now i switched to FriendCaller as they launched Group Video Chat for 7 callers at a time.


Skype can do that and has for the last few years. up to 7 other users in a video conference call BUT I dont think you can do that on a mobile? I know it does work for the PC version.

#13 - Bartholomy - April 25, 2012 // 5:39 am
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Tell us when friendcaller and oovoo comes for Vita

#12 - JessicaFindlay - April 25, 2012 // 3:46 am
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Do you think there are many VoIP's featuring LIVE mobile video chat with the number of group participants? I don't think so, they are all different in functionalities. So far, skype and oovoo was good, google hangout is better. But now i switched to FriendCaller as they launched Group Video Chat for 7 callers at a time.

#11 - StanSmith - April 25, 2012 // 3:11 am
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It says it runs in the background. I wonder if thats the same for video calls. Then you can see peoples games faces while they are gaming. It'll be hilarious.