The Skype VOIP service will - as of tomorrow - be available in Europe on the PlayStation Vita, allowing Sony fans to make voice and video calls for both 3G and Wi-Fi versions of the touch screen handheld.
The download will be completely free and available from the social category of the PlayStation Network. The service will happily run in the background, not affecting any other applications or games you might be using. However, if you plan on video calling, expect some online functions of other apps to shut down temporarily to open up more bandwidth for the call.
Skype's senior director of emerging opportunities, Manrique Brenes, spoke about the move: "With the launch of Skype for PS Vita, we are taking another step towards our ultimate goal of making Skype video calling available on every platform, all over the world, and meeting the demands of existing PlayStation users to offer video on a gaming console."
This is another great example of the big console manufacturers hoping to turn their gaming machines into much more multi-purpose platforms. While for now they aren't receiving too much competition from mobile computing, smartphone graphics really aren't that far away from the big three at this time. Making sure that current gen. machines can fulfill some of the roles a smartphone might is one way of keeping them relevant, when more people are playing Angry Birds than own all consoles combined.
Source: Computer and Videogames (opens in new tab)