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Next generation PSP to come with Skype

Sony (opens in new tab) has announced that it would bundle the Skype client with its forthcoming PSP Slim and Light otherwise known as the PSP-2000.

This will allow PSP users to communicate freely with more than 250 million Skype registered users.

Skype communication offers noticeably better performance than traditional POTS-based phones and other IM (Instant Messaging) clients like MSN Messenger.

A new software update will allow PSP owners to join the global Skype community and it has been confirmed that PSP's official headset will be Skype compatible.

In addition, PSP users will also need to have a wireless internet connection and a Memory Stick Duo disk in order to connect to the Skype Network.

Sony had announced last year that it would offer a similar product, the PSP Go!Messenger service in January 2008, through a partnership with BT.

Skype's owner, Ebay, has been pushing hard to get deals which will increase the number of registered Skype users substantially.

The auction site has stuck deals with Mobile Network Operator Three as well as Social Network Giant, Myspace.

In related news, Sony has also announced a GPS module for the PSP which converts the portable gaming console into a Sat Nav Device complete with downloadable guides.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.