Microsoft’s Skype division is launching a video and voice calling app today for Sony’s latest handheld gaming device, the PlayStation Vita.
The release isn’t a huge surprise, given that Skype also has an app for the PlayStation Portable, the PS Vita’s predecessor. But it’s notable because it comes after Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype, following through on Microsoft’s promise to continue to make Skype available on a variety of platforms.
Then again, Microsoft doesn’t compete directly against the PS Vita, because the Redmond company doesn’t have its own dedicated handheld gaming device. It would be a major surprise to see Skype come to the PlayStation 3 console before it comes to the Xbox 360.
The Skype app for the PS Vita is slated for release later today, offering voice calling and video calls using the Vita’s front and rear cameras. It can also run in the background and alert PS Vita users when they have a call coming in.
Here’s a Skype video featuring video-game legend Fatal1ty running through the features.
- key specs
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- Game formatDownloadable, Cartridge
- Screen size5 inches
- TouchscreenCapacitive [finger]
- Direction controlD-pad, Thumb stick (2)
- Motion controlsAccelerometer
- Dimensions0.73 x 7.17 x 3.29 in
- Weight9.17 oz