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April 24, 2012

Skype for PS Vita Now Available for Download on the PlayStation Store

By David Gitonga
TMCnet Contributing Writer

Skype (News - Alert) calling and video is finally on the PlayStation Vita (PS Vita). The gaming experience of PlayStation Vita takes on a new experience by the addition of free Skype calls that allow you to keep in touch with your fellow gamers anywhere on the globe. The PS Vita Skype feature will work on 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi models and will be available for download on April 25th for users in Europe and Asia.

The PS Vita Skype app will not only offer free Skype-to-Skype calls but also utilize the front and rear cameras of the handheld console to stream high quality video. The app will run in the background and allow you to game or use other applications. You can even pause a game, conduct a call and go back to gaming. The app works in a similar way to the desktop where, for a small fee, you can make calls to mobile and landlines right on your PS Vita.

The Skype app will also have access to the console’s built-in microphone. The 5-inch OLED touch screen in addition to the rear touch pad and the dual analog sticks work together to make the whole calling experience enjoyable. Once you log in to the application, your contacts appear on the first screen.  The right of the screen contains your Profile, Contacts, Skype Calls History and the Dial Pad icons.

To make a Skype call, select the contact you want to call from the “Contacts” screen and click on either the “Video Call” or “Call” button. The rear and front camera views allow you to switch between the two if you need to stream your surroundings.

One of the coolest things about the app is the ability to listen to incoming calls. By leaving it running in the background, the app alerts you of any incoming calls through a pop up where you can either decide to pick the call or ignore it. The app is available as a free download on the PlayStation Store on the PS Vita.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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