Another feature was added into the PlayStation Vita of Sony (NYSE:SNE) recently as the mobile game console received the official Skype for PlayStation Vita app recently. The recently-launched Skype for PlayStation Vita app will have the same function as the smartphone version of the application. The app will offer a good number of features into the mobile game console of Sony including a free Skype-to-Skype voice calling and high quality video calling.
The Skype for PlayStation Vita app will allow users to select which camera it will use for video communication, the front-facing camera or the rear-facing camera. The Skype for PlayStation Vita app client is also designed to make it fit into the user interface of the Sony mobile game console. Users will be able to pause the game that they are playing to take a call before going back to the game. Users will also be able to make calls to mobile phones or landlines using the Skype for PlayStation Vita app with the Skype credit that they have.
The Skype for PlayStation Vita app is compatible with the WI-Fi and 3G models of the Sony mobile game console.
The Skype for PlayStation Vita app was released recently to users in Asia and Europe. The performance of the application has yet to be evaluated by industry watchers even as some users were somewhat disappointed with the Windows Phone version of the app since it required the Windows Phone 7.5 OS and 512MB RAM.
Unlike the Skype for PlayStation Vita app, the Windows Phone version of the app does not appear to run in the background. This means that the Skype calls will not be able to get through if the device is being used for something else. This limitation was speculated to be caused by the operating system.
The release of the Skype for PlayStation Vita app confirms an earlier pronouncement by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) that it will not limit the use of the service on rival platforms. Microsoft acquired Skype in October of last year.