Skype now available on PlayStation Vita; make free phone calls while gaming!
The Skype Video and Voice calling app for PS Vita will be available later today through the PlayStation Store. Available on both the 3G / Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-only models, the Skype app for PS Vita includes "free Skype-to-Skype voice calling, as well as high-quality video calling that utilizes PS Vita's front and rear cameras."
According to a PlayStation Blog post from Marique Brenes, Senior Director of the Consumer Electronics Group at Skype, the app "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."
You may have noticed the asterisk next to "while you're gaming or using other applications*". That's because not all games or applications will allow you to pause to take a Skype call. Also, if you were dreaming of using Skype while gaming as an in-game chat tool, the Skype app for PS Vita can't do that... at least presently.
For more info and details, have a look at the following Skype for Sony PlayStation Vita walkthrough video.
Source: PlayStation Blog
Link: PlayStation Store
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