PlayStation Vita dialing into Skype?

Brazilian Sony slideshow presentation image hints that new portable will offer Internet phone service through Microsoft's recent acquisition.

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Source: An image posted at GameGeneration, reportedly stemming from a Sony Key Account Meeting presentation given in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

What we heard: Though Sony competitor Microsoft recently purchased Skype for $8.5 billion and plans to incorporate it into Xbox Live, that might not stop the Japanese technology giant from offering Skype functionality for its newest portable, the PlayStation Vita.

Is Skype coming to the Vita? Image credit: GameGeneration.

An image from a Sony presentation given in the Brazilian city shows a range of logos, including ones for the PlayStation Network and Wi-Fi. Another company logo is shown, and it is for big-time Internet calling service Skype.

During Sony's E3 2011 media briefing, the company named its portable the Vita (formerly known as the NGP) and announced prices for the Wi-Fi and 3G models, but it did not say anything about Skype compatibility. However, the Vita's predecessor--the PSP--does offer Skype support.

Skype is the leading provider in the consumer voice over IP space, with 170 million users worldwide. Services include free standard and video calls between Skype users on home computers, the ability to call any phone number from Skype for a fee, and the ability to generate a phone number that can be reached from a standard phone.

The official story: As of press time, neither Sony nor Microsoft has responded to GameSpot's requests for comment or clarification on the matter.

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. Given that the original PSP supported Skype, it would stand to reason that Sony would want to continue offering that functionality to its users. Further, when Microsoft purchased Skype, it said it would continue to "invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms," which could potentially include the Vita.

Discussion

62 comments
Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Ravenlore_basic LOL yup cause MS screws everything up right? I mean how else did they get to be one of the biggest tech companies in the world? Of course it was because they are terrible and do nothing right huh? LOL get a life sparky

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@brendanhunt1 The Windows Phone puts them in that market, but it won't matter. Skype is a MS product now, so putting it on the PSVita makes sense in every way. The larger the install base the larger the membership and usage.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

You kids are so silly. You actually believe the hype about MS. They bought Skype for the user base. If they start excluding devices and systems like alot of you are trying to claim, it would render the purchase useless because it would cut down on the subscribed user base. It makes no business sense to do that. Skype will continue as it has. MS will simply use it in every bit of software and hardware they have. Seriously, its like 85% of you have no logic or common sense.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

It's all going to boil down to whether or not MS views Skype on the Vita as a threat to Windows 7 phones.

thribs
thribs

I thought Skype was already on the PSP so it makes sense it would be on the NGP.

danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

i use skype all the time and this makes me even more tempted to buy the PSvita

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@pszone if you dislike that the ps3 doesn't have those things, why not just buy an xbox? as for skype, sounds good, maybe I'll use skype and swap my phone to pay as you go for incoming calls only, lol. Although still a main question... are sony finally going to make a decent web browser... if not, they should really just ditch it altogether.

josh7845
josh7845

It has a camera, it has internet, why not?

Granpire
Granpire

@M3ran I don't see why everyone is so against it... It has 3G, why not? It's not like you have to use the phone feature.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

Microsoft isn't in the handheld market so it is possible

gundaicut
gundaicut

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BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

This isn't too surprising to hear since my psp go has the skype feature of course I've never used it since I have a device called a cellphone but hey whatever gets your rocks off...

pie369
pie369

@M3ran They could allow people to add calling to their data plan (3G model) and make calls from it.

M3ran
M3ran

they should add a hardware or something so that the Psvita would also allow you to dial phonenumbers and basically use it as a phone since it supports SIM cards.dont you think?

covenan
covenan

what's so strange about this? Sony and Microsoft have been long time partner on Sony Vaio lineup, Fanboyism probably would say this is a cursed deal, but from bussiness perspective both company doing well on its respective field(microsoft on soft while sony on hardware)

bigbeebis
bigbeebis

I like Sony and I like M$ but I definitely hate Skype.

pszone
pszone

Just bring it for the ps3 and aslo work on other new stuff for the ps3 we need them. xboxlive got everything its not fair at all. aslo bring more game classics to psn as well like more sega . old pc games, other 2D classics.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

just because they have competing brands doesn't mean they don't work together for profit, that is just stupid. Microsoft and Sony work together in other areas of buisiness like Windows & VAIO respectively.

finalserenade75
finalserenade75

Isn't Vaio (Windows) a Sony product? What's new here?

dutchXcon
dutchXcon

they better bring it to the ps3? Then they can sell me that sony webcam thingy?

minhas27
minhas27

waiting for nintendo wii u

marwan89
marwan89

after all sony makes computers for windows there is nothing weird

GamerJedi29
GamerJedi29

@dinslacck The reason people are surprised is because Microsoft purchased Skype. I was surprised when I saw this

JohnF111
JohnF111

These two at it again, Sony trying to be friendly throwing out an olive branch "Hey, see we can still be friends" and MS are like "We just want your dollars, now turn and walk away". Nah i kid, it's just business so why not put it in if it benefits both companies, not like MS and Sony are sworn enemies although their employees might be quite fanboyish.

dinslacck
dinslacck

this is really not a suprise considering psp has skype. just get vita come out already! my money is ready!

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

makes sense. and since microsoft doesn't have a handheld platform it's not like supporting skype on PSV is going to be competition towards microsoft. if skype came to ps3 it would make me scratch my head a bit though

nickydanooz
nickydanooz

sooo basically 3g models can now be used as a phone...sweet

SilverSignal
SilverSignal

Yeah this isn't much of a surprise, the original PSP could use Skype. Would be good if the feature made a return though.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

This makes sense since PSP 2001 and PSP 3001 series have the ablitities for Skype. So PSVita would follow suit. Even if it is now owned by Microsoft.

ztg360
ztg360

now fanboys how is it that the two companies we fight over have come together in at least one thing and we can't although we are by far more unified then two companies that are in direct competition with each other

Skargamer
Skargamer

Makes sense, it would be a really cool feature to have, and if you get the 3G model, even better.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

I can only hope that Sony works with another voip company so they have options whne MS screws it up. =^) . . . . . . _ _ - _ also does anyone think that MS getting their own voip service with 170 million people mean that MS is working on their own portable device with Live and skype?

subtenko
subtenko

they have it on psp, why not?

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

DLNA would come really useful, streaming videos from PC or PS3 to Vita, super

Granpire
Granpire

Looking good :) Now if only they can get Skype support on the PS3...

darkfiercelink
darkfiercelink

i wonder is i should get this or the wii u, both look awesome >.

endorbr
endorbr

Sony is just making this thing too awesome not to get one.

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

@7C7R7N7: what an asinine comment. while it's true that microsoft and sony compete in the home videogame console market, it's not like they're sworn enemies or anything. this deal with skype is strictly business, and microsoft obviously knows how to do business. so in short, don't worry! microsoft doesn't have a secret branch of hackers that are going to disable the PSN (again).

xhawk27
xhawk27

@dylan417 You really think MS is going to use DVDs on their next Xbox console? I think if they don't use Blu-Ray they are going to invent a high storing media disc to use and call it Green-Ray :D

dylan417
dylan417

@xhawk27 - Nope, have fun with DVDs again :D

deathstream
deathstream

@zzamaro The days of dedicated gaming handhelds are coming to an end. If MS was going to make that move, they would have done so years ago. MS is going to focus on unifying PCs, consoles, phones and tablets.

anwar1998
anwar1998

@xhawk27 : lol its a possibilty :lol: