Skype Now Available On PS Vita, But Who's Going To Call?

When Nokia launched the N-Gage, gamers revolted at the idea that you'd hold a taco-shaped thing up to your head to talk. Will we all look any more dignified shouting into a PS Vita? We'll all get the chance to find out, as the official Skype app is now available in Australia. The official release — I'm not within range of my Vita at the moment, so haven't been able to test it out — notes that it'll work on both the 3G and Wi-Fi models, and runs in the background, so you can pause games, take calls and then return to gameplay seamlessly. Mark's obviously not a big fan of the concept, but I'm waiting to see how well it works, basically.

The thought strikes me that it could be a not-so-great way to burn through 3G data caps if it's in an always-on state, but as I say, I've not given it any hands-on time as yet. Skype for Vita will use both the front and rear cameras, so you could give your caller a fine view of your lap depending on where you're holding it. It's a free app that should now show up in the "Social" category of the Playstation Store.


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    I actually had a N-gage when it was first released, lasted for like 12 months before i sold it for about 100 bucks (for its time)

      Oh that sucks. I charged mine up last weekend to get all nostagliaery and play some Tomb Raider. It was great fun!

    I can definitely understand that some Vita users will never even touch this thing, the same way many might not care about Near.

    However, I'm of the opinion that more choices - even if they don't suit everyone - is always a good thing.

    Some people will use this app (like me), and it's another point of differentiation between similar devices - and speaks to important company support for a device.

    I've heard that this will also allow you to continue on a phonecall without needing to pause the game, which would be awesome if true - hello, cross-game chat.

      Does ANYONE in Australia have Near working? Mine just can't get location data, I've tried a bunch of access points and I submitted my thing to skyhook 6 weeks ago. It's broken as hell.

        I've managed with my Wifi version in questionable connectivity areas.

          Gonna have to try some weird spots, like free wifi at cafes lol.

        I'll always had it working . Works great in the CBD.

        I do, i found out after researching, you need to give your GPS coordinates and MAC address to the skyhook. They (unfortunately) don't email you when it's done, but after 2 weeks for me it was working.

        You may need to also do a back up and a restore of the Vita to get it working. After submission to skyhook it said it found my location, but always came up with an error which was fixed after i did a backup and restore.

    Oh, no, wait. I should have said "Ghostbusters".

    My bad.

    I'd prefer a game or two over social apps. That's what I bought the thing for...

    Annoyingly, you can't have voice chat running in the background when you play games, which is a shame.

    I'll definitely use this. The interface looks pretty sleek, like the Twitter application.
    It will be good for IM convos.

    Facebook users will get it and do the inevitable when someone rings: "Don't ring me, I'm playing a game ffs!"

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