Skype VoIP headed to PSP

Sony's Consumer Electronics Show lineup indicates popular portable will soon see voice over IP support.

Sony's PlayStation Portable has experienced a renaissance of functionality in recent months. Aside from the full-scale revision rolled out worldwide that trimmed down the size and weight of the portable and added video-out capabilities, among other improvements, Sony has announced or launched a number of PSP-related services in various regions, including downloadable games (via a PC), Internet radio, and a TV tuner.

One of the more anticipated new features is voice over IP support, which was announced during the Leipzig Games Convention as coming to European PSPs this month as part of the Go!Messenger service. At the time, Sony limited its reveal of the Internet-enabled phone service to PAL territories, but it now appears phone functionality will indeed be coming to stateside PSPs as well.

Jumping the gun on its Consumer Electronics Show lineup, Sony's site for the tradeshow indicates support for VoIP provider Skype will soon be added to the PlayStation Portable. "Call friends, talk trash to fellow gamers, or catch up with acquaintances via Skype for PSP system," reads a bullet point listing the portable's functionality.

Details on the service were not immediately available, and Sony representatives were unwilling to elaborate on the issue. However, the representative did note that "further details will be announced shortly." This year's CES runs January 7 to 10 in Las Vegas.

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acsam12304
acsam12304

PSP is becoming a iPhone This is kool

AGrant_12
AGrant_12

fantastic i've had the idea of a phone for a psp for ages but i don't get it ? talk trash to your opponents ? isn't that what the blue tooth headset is for :S

HMtheJJ
HMtheJJ

GrimBee , all high end products are perfect joint of tech innovation and design masterpiece!!! the look, the finish and the quality, just amazing, and that's what makes a high SONY the best CE anyone could buy. RakinR, Navi PSP been out in Japan and Europe for a long time now, why dont you buy it from Ebay or some other trading sites which you could buy products from overseas, then you'll be enjoy what the PSP can do, too. oh also dont forget once PS3 launch PS TV here in north america as well, you could be watchin cable TV via your PSP anywhere in the world even on a airplane!!! now that's what we call it a SONY!!!

RakinR
RakinR

they're gonna make the psp navigation systems and stuff, the psp gets even better if its hacked

GrimBee
GrimBee

It would be easier to have a DS wirelessly connect to your pc and then you can chat away through the DS' built-in-mic. There are far more DS' in peoples homes than PSP's. I love the PSP, especially with m33 ;) But seriously I like how shiny and special-looking the PSP is. If I talked to someone through my PSP, it will probably be fine for me. But I don't trust anyone else with the PSP - getting talk-spit on it, leaving it discarded on a desk when they have finished. I like to keep the PSP in a pouch, then take it out to use it, but when finished it goes right back in the pouch. The DS, will probably be better to introduce things like this, im not dissing on the psp here, but from someone who likes both the DS and PSP - the DS seems better suited for desktops and things like this.

HMtheJJ
HMtheJJ

"NaelNael Games, Internet, Movies, Music, Photos, Chatting, GPS... Is there anything the PSP can't DO??!" NO, that's why SONY is much better than Nenteido and MS cuz it is not a GAME company, it is a Entertainment PowerHouse with cutting edge techs, design and innovation CE products!!! just like what SONY is doing to PS3 and PSP, and future projects like TV MP3 Walkman which already released in Japan, 200% times btter than Ipoo!!! Bravia TV cell phone and many other... so like I said b4 " YOU DONT MESS WITH SONY in entertainment..." SONY is the BEST overall CE company yet in history and I doubt any other would top it in the future!!! but only time will tell...

NaelNael
NaelNael

Games, Internet, Movies, Music, Photos, Chatting, GPS... Is there anything the PSP can't DO??!

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

I give credit to Sony for continuing to expand the capabilities of the PSP!

mad_tyger
mad_tyger

Yes! I am never leaving my PSP at home!

GreenGoblin2099
GreenGoblin2099

"Call friends, talk trash to fellow gamers, or catch up with acquaintances via Skype for PSP system," ... It just keeps getting better and better. Kudos to you Sony :D

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

"Details on the service were not immediately available, and Sony representatives were unwilling to elaborate on the issue." The word that stands out for me is "issue" I think Tom Magrino has written one too many articles about things that are wrong with gaming. Might fit better if used like: Sony representatives were unwilling to elaborate on the new service. Or something along those lines... "Issue" just sounds negative and does not fit for the context of that article...

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

When they actually release something I'll pay attention. I'm so tired of the "Oohhh...look what we will do in the future" new items.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

cool, so now you can do voice chat with the psp, now all they need to do is make it so you can use the psp eye as a webcam to talk with other psp users. the more functionality the better.

lord-of-gamers
lord-of-gamers

this is sweet - but i have to say - ebay has done NOTHING for skype - before ebay bought it it always came out with new interesting things - not to mention improvement in call quality - but now it jsut stays the same - should be really cool tho :P

nytrax
nytrax

At least we won't have to side talk with the PSP like you would have to with the N-Gage!

Ebisch
Ebisch

@ RaiKageRyu Uhhh, ebay owns Skype

theKSMM
theKSMM

The PSP has seen a tremendous explosion in its functionality over the past three years. The Xrossbar (or whatever it's called) menu was pretty sparse at the outset, but now you've got a web browser, an RSS reader, Internet music, MP4 video (though no DivX/XviD...drats), and now VoIP. Where will they go next? Granted, I may not make heavy use of all these features, and some of them may just be novelties for me. But I can't find a way to be upset about the fact that my PSP can do a lot more than when I bought it in '05. Read my opinions on gaming in my blog The Score.

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

awesome news more use for my psp

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Skype was cool... before Yahoo bought it...

themovi3nut
themovi3nut

That is awesome...got to get myself a PSP now

margarypr
margarypr

Who really will not like this feature? skype isn't just to make calls... is just another messenger... you can now talk to each other.. to another psp user or to another with a computer like the live messenger in the xbox360... and if it will work with the psp camera can have the ability to use it like a webcam.... remember that the psp is a multimedia portable device and many people use it like it... If you don't like communication in a console thats pretty sad, no wonder each day the PSN iis worse everyday... the bad thing in the PSN isn't the service.. the PSN is awsome... is the users that ruin it... not 2 many people online, no team work in teams plays etc

footfoe2
footfoe2

the psp is awesome great cheap games. music videos with it there is no point in haveing a ipod. and now its a phone! Thats awesome

Gigas_Yuu
Gigas_Yuu

I thought the Playstation attracted the more urban gangster type. I could have sworn I got more trashtalking on PSN

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

to megawizards comment. DON'T generalize trash talkers by just saying live. You get those people everywhere on all types of games. Live has the largest console installbase so it obviously has more, but your comment was generalized. anyways this is a great new feature. free phone calls:D. this might encourage more people to buy psps lol. its a pretty ridiulous feature. even having free interenet on the psp is amazing

finaleve
finaleve

imortiferus > I'll be honest, it doesn't take much to be in last in terms of the handheld field. DS or PSP, thats it. You're either 1st or 2nd. Can't really argue that they are in dead last but...you can sell one less PSP than the DS and still be considered dead last. I find this one to be...well, really cool. I've used Skype for awhile now (Way back in the day, around when SOCOM 2 was new), and used it for a lot of games and such on the PC. Using it on the PSP would really be a neat function, since it could really add to the PSP's function of communication. Get enough wireless connection in the area and you got yourself a new form of phone.

GravityDs
GravityDs

i really do love the PSP and like others wish it had more games that were better, though I can do more things with it now that i've "tapped it's power". This is really cool though, the PSP does so many things, I honestly can't wait for a PSP2, i'm already sold.

Megawizard
Megawizard

This actually sounds pretty cool. But did they really need to add "talk trash to fellow gamers"? We don't need to encourage people to turn it into Live. >.>

Nintendus21
Nintendus21

"the psp has a bigger collection of high scoring games than the DS, and that isn't an opinion, its a fact" Source?

imortiferus
imortiferus

KoolEmpty, is that frustration? The last time I checked this was a public forum, as long as I abide by Gamespot's TOS I am free to share my opinion here, as are you. NO NEED for the foul language, but I can understand your frustration with Sony, take it up with them.

Loucetios
Loucetios

imortiferus the psp has a bigger collection of high scoring games than the DS, and that isn't an opinion, its a fact

KoolEmpty
KoolEmpty

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Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I'll guess I will get my PSP out once again to check this out when it's released.

imortiferus
imortiferus

WHO cares about Skype! How about some AAA games! My god who is making these ridiculous decisions at Sony? No wonder they are dead last!

Munkyman587
Munkyman587

I am not a big fan of skype... so I doubt I would want a portable version of it either.

ocdog45
ocdog45

thas good news for the psp

Haruhi_love
Haruhi_love

Dont use skype but hey might bring out my new PSP just to try it hehe

gamenux
gamenux

I might have to purchas a 2nd hand PSP just for the Skype so my mom can use it.

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

My iPhone is giving my PSP a REALLY cold look right now.