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PS Vita Gets Skype Video and Voice Calling Today

Manrique Brenes's Avatar Posted by Manrique Brenes on Apr 24, 2012 // Senior Director, Consumer Electronics Group at Skype

Skype Video Calling for PS Vita

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.

Skype Video Calling for PS Vita

Skype Video Calling for 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 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.”

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+ kynam2912 on April 24th, 2012 at 7:38 am said:

I went to PS store but could not find it anywhere, anyone have try it already?

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    + Abby Reyes on April 24th, 2012 at 10:52 am said:

    It should be available later today. Please stay tuned and thanks for your patience!


+ LordRaoh on April 24th, 2012 at 7:41 am said:

Can you chat and play at the same time?

Is this coming to PS3? Next gen Console?

If coming to PS3, group chat (even in home as well) and then launch to game for clans would be nice.

Anxiously awaiting for Youtube App for PS3/VITA as well as Amazon Instant Video for PS VITA.


+ Ra1nMak3r288 on April 24th, 2012 at 7:46 am said:

Cant wait to voice chat over with friends while playing :P


+ dimy93 on April 24th, 2012 at 7:47 am said:

@ kynam2912 most probably is not yet available and u’ll have to wait few more hours till the psn update which occurs at that time every week


+ polo155 on April 24th, 2012 at 7:47 am said:

Iv’e been s Skype in/skype subscriber for at least 5-6 yrs by now as my main phone #.. my new vita cellphone is comeplete …just hope and can text and receive text. that was my only gripe about skype…. Love this news and the social media guy knows ive been dying for this!


+ SarshelYam on April 24th, 2012 at 7:49 am said:

@11 Sir_H3X3N, people at the “Call Box” are not paid to talk about releases, nor is it likely that if they did know, they’d tell you, considering every blog entry here has specific timed releases that are often under NDA’s or release schedules.


+ The5rozos on April 24th, 2012 at 7:50 am said:

No way… there’s video chat too?! I thought for sure there was only going to be voice chat! Awesome, thanks a ton Sony.(or Microsoft… whoever developed the app)


+ ZERO_169 on April 24th, 2012 at 7:50 am said:

Anyone know if this will work over 3g?

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    + Manrique Brenes on April 24th, 2012 at 3:41 pm said:

    Hi there Zero_169 – Yes, Skype for PS Vita works on both WiFi or 3G networks.

    Please keep in mind, though, that you may be charged for data use when using a 3G connection. You should contact your operator for more info.


+ loadstone007 on April 24th, 2012 at 7:58 am said:

Wow, this is awesome news!
More new stuff for the Vita please :)


+ Madjod_TH on April 24th, 2012 at 8:03 am said:

It very awesome !!! I wanna cry T_T it a good news for PSvita


+ kynam2912 on April 24th, 2012 at 8:04 am said:

@ dimy93: Thanks ^^


+ NINEK_CRO on April 24th, 2012 at 8:06 am said:

Bring Skype to PS3!


+ dimy93 on April 24th, 2012 at 8:08 am said:

@ ZERO_169 yes it will-it’s stated on the app’s oficial site and I think that was mentioned somewhere in the video
but still o chat is a pity


+ JesteR1701one on April 24th, 2012 at 8:11 am said:

Good news! Now we just need HTML5 and/or Flash support for the VITA browser and then we should be all set!


+ D-Squad3 on April 24th, 2012 at 8:13 am said:


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    + Abby Reyes on April 24th, 2012 at 10:53 am said:

    Thank YOU for supporting, Vita!


+ wizgamer626 on April 24th, 2012 at 8:18 am said:

can you call/web chat at the same time that you are playing a game


+ kenpachi666 on April 24th, 2012 at 8:23 am said:

skype app for the ps3 ^^
HTML5/flash support for the vita so we can watch videos on the go XD
uhm…. maybe Youtube app is nxt for the month of May???


+ Shy_Guy92 on April 24th, 2012 at 8:36 am said:

Will there be text chat? If not will it be added eventually?


+ k9187all_day on April 24th, 2012 at 8:37 am said:

COOL! but need more psp games and ps1 wood be cool too


+ DarkOne_PR on April 24th, 2012 at 8:48 am said:

its not in the store yet…. :(


+ randyphx on April 24th, 2012 at 9:00 am said:

Thanks Sony, this is one main thing I have been waiting for since getting the Vita on launch. ✌


+ C_Y_P_H_E_R on April 24th, 2012 at 9:13 am said:

Awesome, now what about PS3!!??


+ TwinDad on April 24th, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

I would like to add my request for Skype support on the PS3.

I use it on my PC all the time to talk to people.


+ perrandy on April 24th, 2012 at 9:21 am said:

nice app,vita owners rejoice!
now i wish this app would also come to teh ps3 :)


+ DaNTi3L on April 24th, 2012 at 9:21 am said:

awesome great news


+ Busca-Cabezas on April 24th, 2012 at 9:29 am said:

I guess its time to Skype! :P


+ Busca-Cabezas on April 24th, 2012 at 9:31 am said:

PSVita PSBlog post ROCK! ٩(●̮̮̃•̃)۶


+ NeoPaladin on April 24th, 2012 at 9:37 am said:

Awesome! I think Fatal1ty’s name is on my PC more than mine lol! Anyways looking forward to Skypin’ on my Vita, the Vita ear phones with in-line mic are AWESOME!. And, YES, Fatal1ty’s creative labs sound cards kick a** on the PC :)


+ akibake on April 24th, 2012 at 9:47 am said:

Well, it’s about time…


+ LokeSTL on April 24th, 2012 at 10:00 am said:

Cool. Now can we get the PSone emulator and an update the PSP emulator so we can play more games on your games portable? What exactly does “at launch” and “shortly after launch” mean to you guys?


+ LokeSTL on April 24th, 2012 at 10:02 am said:

@Manrique – That wasn’t directed at you, looks like a fine job you guys did here. Just frustrated with the lack of gaming features on my gaming device.


+ Heavenly_king on April 24th, 2012 at 10:03 am said:

Nice :D

Now we need flash and HTML5 support XD.

I think the PS3 can have skype, but you wont be able to play and answer calls, because of the RAM limitations which also restricts the possibility of cross game chat.


+ lisatsunami on April 24th, 2012 at 10:17 am said:

@7: Ridleysbox: Hi, I read your comment in The Drop and I knew you were right. It happens all the time, but you can’t convince the perpetual whiners anyway.

The reason Rey and the other PS bloggers go silent on many topics like this is because they know an industry blogger is going to make the official announcement and they are not allowed to steal the guests’ thunder. It would also be kind of impolite.

I’ve never used Skype, didn’t care a twit about it but now that I know you can make voice calls to any number?!! That’s freakin’ awesome.


+ GGCAN on April 24th, 2012 at 10:22 am said:

@62 – lisatsunami.

Be aware…the calls are to anyone using Skype that are free.

If you make a call to a landline, there will be a fee.

I’ve had the landline feature for about 2 years now with Skype and for all North America….any time (day/night) as many minutes….etc….is only 2.99 a mth….so well worth the price !


+ mikedo2007 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:25 am said:

That’s cool to hear. Now all we need is AIM, Yahoo Messenger, and Google Talk and I’m happy.


+ the_real_homeboy on April 24th, 2012 at 10:30 am said:

and no chat support??? that’ really sucks
i’m kinda dissapointed


+ lisatsunami on April 24th, 2012 at 10:34 am said:

@GGCAN, only $2.99 a month? What? Dirt cheap!! Thank you.

I won’t be able to give up my cel phone since I use the 4G wi-fi teathering, but it sounds like a great option anyway. Really great for when you travel and for our military folk.

And look, the new whining started, “bring Skype to PS3 now!”
So predictable.
I’m just going to say thank you and be happy with this new app for now (when the store updates later today)


+ Matrix_Lion on April 24th, 2012 at 10:34 am said:

@ number 9 dFUSE how did you get that avatar or does anyone know how to get that Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City avatar? It not in the playstation store and it didn’t come with the collector’s edition. Thank you Sony for bringing Skype to the PS Vita.


+ luvtoseek on April 24th, 2012 at 10:36 am said:

@62, you’re 100% correct. Furthermore, “The Drop” will often make annoucements directly related to Sony products. Skype has its own marketing division which is responsible for product releases & collecting focused customer feedback. Another recent example is the “Walking Dead” announcement made seperate by Telltale.

People just love to complain that Sony is responsible for everything. It very difficult when you’re tasked w/ overseeing content to be ported to a new device. It’s not magic, apps like Skype take time to develope…


+ Bigcalv2002 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:37 am said:

The lack of this feature before was one of the things holding me back from buying a PS Vita. Now if only we could get an official announcement on 3G plans for canada (april was supposed to be the time we get it up here) then I will be set. Until then, no Vita sale for you Sony!!


+ luvtoseek on April 24th, 2012 at 10:39 am said:

@67, in case he/she does not reply, just copy the user name & send a msg via the PS3 or Vita.


+ aceboogie458 on April 24th, 2012 at 10:45 am said:

This is a great addition been waiting for it, basically makes vita a cell, but……..when are we getting more psp compatibility

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