How to Skype Your PSP

Tired of playing games on your PSP? Find out how to make Internet phone calls with Skype.

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The Sony PSP, the Swiss Army Knife of mobile entertainment devices, received yet another feature in a recent firmware update with the addition of Skype VoIP support. The Skype software allows the PSP to make calls over the Internet. Skype users can call other PSP or PC Skype users as well as cell phones and regular phone lines. Skype-to-Skype calls are free, but calling out to a real phone will cost real money starting from 2.1 cents a minute depending on location. A Skype-enabled PSP can also accept calls, but you’ll need to deposit money into your Skype account to cover for incoming calls coming from a cell phone or landline.

Sony PSP Skype Essentials

Sony PSP-2000

The Skype update only works with the Sony PSP-2000 series released in October 2007. According to Sony, the original PSP doesn’t have enough onboard memory to support Skype. Note that the last digit of the PSP model number may differ depending on the geographical region but all 2000 series PSPs should work with Skype.

Memory Stick Duo

You already need the memory stick for game saves, system updates, and multimedia playback. Add Skype to the memory-stick-required list.

Skype-compatible microphone

The system requires the PSP headset and PSP headphone with remote accessory to function with Skype. The actual headphone portion isn’t used--you plug the headset into the remote portion of the headphone kit. We tried using only the headset without the headphone accessory, but people we called told us that the sound was practically inaudible from our side. The tethered remote unit comes bundled with a pair of headphones at the moment, but future retail packs will have them bundled with a headset and microphone.

Wireless Internet access

You’ll need an Internet-enabled Wi-Fi connection to get your PSP online to make those Skype calls.

PSP Skype Installation

The first step in the process involves configuring the Internet connection, which you should have already done if you've ever taken the PSP online to play games or browse the web. If you’re making a call from a public Wi-Fi hotspot, you might have to fire up the PSP Internet browser to accept the hotspot’s terms of service before getting online.

You’ll need to update your PSP’s firmware to enable Skype functionality if you bought your PSP-2000 close to launch. You can find the update on Sony’s PSP support page and full instructions on how to properly update the device. After installing the system update, you’ll find a new Skype selection under the Network in the XMB menu, nestled between the LocationFree Player and Remote Play.

The Skype program will give you the option of using an existing Skype account, or creating a new account directly from the PSP. Making a Skype account couldn’t be easier. Enter your email address and the desired login and password, and you’re on your way. Once the account is created, you can use either your PSP or a PC to hop over to the Skype site to purchase Skype credits using either PayPal or a credit card. You need Skype credits if you want to call cell phones or regular land lines using your Skype account.

The Skype menu has five main sections: My Profile, Contacts, History, Dial, and Tools. The Profile section lets you adjust personal information. From here, you can change your status, icon, and mood message. Other profile settings let you set your location, email address, and contact numbers.

The Contacts page, as the name suggests, displays your contact list. From here you can choose contacts to call, but you'll be limited to audio chats only. You won't have the ability to launch video chats—Skype didn’t recognize the PSP camera attachment we imported from Japan. Voice quality will vary with your internet connection, but even with spotty service the connection is more than usable. Our PC friends did have to update their Skype program to the latest version to stop numerous error screens from popping up during our calls.

The History icon keeps track of all incoming and outgoing calls and records how long you were in the chat for. It's also a quick way to go back and redial recent calls.

The Dial feature lets you call outside phone numbers with the PSP. You will of course have to pay real money for this feature to work. We made a few calls using the service and it functioned as advertised, and voice clarity on both ends was more than passable. We did notice some lag, but nothing severe enough to disrupt the conversation.

The Tools menu lets you jump to the Skype page to purchase more air time, change default sounds, troubleshoot network related port settings, manage blocked users, and tweak a few other minor settings.

Overall, we found Skype on the PSP to be easy to use and great for voice chats. We don't miss the text chat interface, as the PSP's text input mechanism doesn’t make for fast messaging. We’re not really sure how often you’ll actually use Skype on the PSP, but you’ll be glad to have it if you ever find yourself without a landline and a cell phone, but happen to be near an open Wi-Fi connection.

Have you tried Skype on your PSP? Share your experiences in the comments below!

Discussion

222 comments
Chris123333
Chris123333

Is calling with skype on 3000 free? please respond with a message :)

detectivepbert
detectivepbert

PSP is so awesome and its game library is just getting better. I'm thinking about selling my DS.

a7x9002
a7x9002

Cool but must i really need the microphone?

makjoter
makjoter

i had skype on my psp 3000 before i got the psp go and i never really learn how to use it

UltimateHero94
UltimateHero94

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acsam12304
acsam12304

i have a 2000 PSP i use skpye all the time like everyday . best thing is you get to pay ONLY 2.95 a month to unlimited talking to any landline phone or to any cell phone anywhere where in the US or Canada! i mean what a grate deal. thats my house phone now. :D you do have to pay a $30 a year for a phone number if you want people to call your skype account. your still saving lots of money compare to a normal phone service company. if you dont buy a phone number for a year u can only make calls. but the thing is it will be hard for anyone to call you back. cuz teh caller ID will show like this 000-000-0000 or just numbers scrambled like this 0152-4265957. any if anyone trys to call back they will get a error message. also you can download skype for the PC and use teh same user account name and password and you can call from teh PC using what ever head set u have or mic. skype is a good company i mean when i talk it sounds like a real phone. i hardly get any VOIP problems like magic jack give you all the freaking time. and skype to skpye is free.

SyedMoeed
SyedMoeed

wow the same options are for the 3000 as well.......and

BlazeShaman
BlazeShaman

Darn it, i dont have a psp 2000. I have a 1001. Oh well, gotta settle for less. Although, it is not much of a loss.

Wings_008
Wings_008

i actually used skype on my Japanese PSP slim with the camera installed to chat with my brother in Wales and it was really good i had no problem at all

changyufoong
changyufoong

no.. it wont work for psp 1000 series.. only 2000 and 3000 series.. its stated above there

730844
730844

i have a PSP 1000 with 4GB memory stick will skype work on my PSP ? Please anwer me

LinuxOS137
LinuxOS137

I think the psp 3000 was made for skype, because it has skype pre-installed and it has a built in mic (p.s: I set up a skype account on my psp 3000, and the sound quality is AWESOME! You would sware you are talking on a real phone.

Lucarioboyx
Lucarioboyx

can u talk on skpe with the psp 3000

kong_sevixnine
kong_sevixnine

I wonder is are you able to talk with psp users?

1st_gansta
1st_gansta

They should put bluetooth in the PSP so that it can send videos and music. The new PSP should get about 700mhz - 1gh drive. It should have four speakers (located where the PSP 1000 has its and the PSP 2000 speakers).XD. This new PSP better be worth the money I will be paying for.

jhuuueee
jhuuueee

Instead of making the psp like a cellphone why don't they focus in games?

knat4
knat4

hey can u use normal headsets with it or does it have to be "Skype headset"?

ali-009
ali-009

i was thinking to buy a cell phone,but after reading this i'm sure i will buy a psp,i will just wait to have enough money.

Ryouji_kaji
Ryouji_kaji

@SpideySpider Well I just got mine from GAME on the highstreet, you could also get it at Gamestation too. If none of your local store have it on the shelf. you could also get it off the website. Gamestation have free delivery on thier site. (Also emailed.)

loi88
loi88

roxas00000007 i wash your hair today by shambo

kahmed24
kahmed24

ite yea nvm i got it thx though : ]

Ryouji_kaji
Ryouji_kaji

@ kahmed24 You just update your PSP through the net, it goes through everything in the article above ^^.

kahmed24
kahmed24

wait so if i got the slim how do i download this thing right now???

SyrusKahn
SyrusKahn

im trying to find a suitable headset for this... otherwise im gonna use my slim for this. most of my friends and coworkers have skype on their computers. Good job Sony!

viperbee
viperbee

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Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I am so tempted to get a Slim & Lite for these cool apps.

Laserwulf
Laserwulf

Eagle3030: SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 1&2 can use the headset for talking to teammates; dunno about Tactical Strike, though. There might be other games that use it, also...

scorpider
scorpider

skype is cool... n for the headset, I have it, you can buy it online, its nearly 15$ everyone!!

Ryouji_kaji
Ryouji_kaji

To eagle3030: Not as far a I'd imagine, as the Skype runs it's own utility on the PSP. If you exit it, Skype disconnects. To everyone: Been using Skype on my PSP actively for about a week now and so far I've racked up just over 40 hours of calls. Man I'd hate to see that on my house phone o0; Also the quality is amazing, better than some mobile phones if you ask me. I can usually talk for 2 hours with out any trouble. If I disconnect, that's just because my room is a dead zone for my wireless connection. Using the Talkman mic, or even the PSP camera works great! Picks up everything. However you do need headphones like I said earlier. I didn't know anyway that can hold a conversation with their own voice coming back at them a thousand times fold. So the verdict? Awesome job Sony! Now just get some J-pop/J-rock stations on theOnline radio lol. XD

eagle3030
eagle3030

does anyone know if you can use the mic for games?

thomas_bobbypin
thomas_bobbypin

sweet man im gonna get a memory stick then get this!

greatestali
greatestali

this iz sooo ghay now i have to buy a slim

Testament
Testament

DAMMIT, its time for a psp sidekick, texting would be a koo opition

Legion506
Legion506

Enabled my PSP today running skype pro, i love it. the only thing is that it sucks you have to have wifi to make calls. but sooner than later there will be wifi everywhere.

Dragonzine
Dragonzine

If Only I'm 18 years old and above i could buy this plus i cant w8 for the headset to be released........

brkr12002
brkr12002

Personally think it's pretty cool. Can't wait for the new headsets to be released.