@Ravenlore_basic LOL yup cause MS screws everything up right? I mean how else did they get to be one of the biggest tech companies in the world? Of course it was because they are terrible and do nothing right huh? LOL get a life sparky
Brazilian Sony slideshow presentation image hints that new portable will offer Internet phone service through Microsoft's recent acquisition.
Source: An image posted at GameGeneration, reportedly stemming from a Sony Key Account Meeting presentation given in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
What we heard: Though Sony competitor Microsoft recently purchased Skype for $8.5 billion and plans to incorporate it into Xbox Live, that might not stop the Japanese technology giant from offering Skype functionality for its newest portable, the PlayStation Vita.
An image from a Sony presentation given in the Brazilian city shows a range of logos, including ones for the PlayStation Network and Wi-Fi. Another company logo is shown, and it is for big-time Internet calling service Skype.
During Sony's E3 2011 media briefing, the company named its portable the Vita (formerly known as the NGP) and announced prices for the Wi-Fi and 3G models, but it did not say anything about Skype compatibility. However, the Vita's predecessor--the PSP--does offer Skype support.
Skype is the leading provider in the consumer voice over IP space, with 170 million users worldwide. Services include free standard and video calls between Skype users on home computers, the ability to call any phone number from Skype for a fee, and the ability to generate a phone number that can be reached from a standard phone.
The official story: As of press time, neither Sony nor Microsoft has responded to GameSpot's requests for comment or clarification on the matter.
Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. Given that the original PSP supported Skype, it would stand to reason that Sony would want to continue offering that functionality to its users. Further, when Microsoft purchased Skype, it said it would continue to "invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms," which could potentially include the Vita.
@brendanhunt1 The Windows Phone puts them in that market, but it won't matter. Skype is a MS product now, so putting it on the PSVita makes sense in every way. The larger the install base the larger the membership and usage.
You kids are so silly. You actually believe the hype about MS. They bought Skype for the user base. If they start excluding devices and systems like alot of you are trying to claim, it would render the purchase useless because it would cut down on the subscribed user base. It makes no business sense to do that. Skype will continue as it has. MS will simply use it in every bit of software and hardware they have. Seriously, its like 85% of you have no logic or common sense.
It's all going to boil down to whether or not MS views Skype on the Vita as a threat to Windows 7 phones.
@pszone if you dislike that the ps3 doesn't have those things, why not just buy an xbox? as for skype, sounds good, maybe I'll use skype and swap my phone to pay as you go for incoming calls only, lol. Although still a main question... are sony finally going to make a decent web browser... if not, they should really just ditch it altogether.
@M3ran I don't see why everyone is so against it... It has 3G, why not? It's not like you have to use the phone feature.
This isn't too surprising to hear since my psp go has the skype feature of course I've never used it since I have a device called a cellphone but hey whatever gets your rocks off...
they should add a hardware or something so that the Psvita would also allow you to dial phonenumbers and basically use it as a phone since it supports SIM cards.dont you think?
what's so strange about this? Sony and Microsoft have been long time partner on Sony Vaio lineup, Fanboyism probably would say this is a cursed deal, but from bussiness perspective both company doing well on its respective field(microsoft on soft while sony on hardware)
Just bring it for the ps3 and aslo work on other new stuff for the ps3 we need them. xboxlive got everything its not fair at all. aslo bring more game classics to psn as well like more sega . old pc games, other 2D classics.
just because they have competing brands doesn't mean they don't work together for profit, that is just stupid. Microsoft and Sony work together in other areas of buisiness like Windows & VAIO respectively.
@dinslacck The reason people are surprised is because Microsoft purchased Skype. I was surprised when I saw this
These two at it again, Sony trying to be friendly throwing out an olive branch "Hey, see we can still be friends" and MS are like "We just want your dollars, now turn and walk away". Nah i kid, it's just business so why not put it in if it benefits both companies, not like MS and Sony are sworn enemies although their employees might be quite fanboyish.
this is really not a suprise considering psp has skype. just get vita come out already! my money is ready!
makes sense. and since microsoft doesn't have a handheld platform it's not like supporting skype on PSV is going to be competition towards microsoft. if skype came to ps3 it would make me scratch my head a bit though
Yeah this isn't much of a surprise, the original PSP could use Skype. Would be good if the feature made a return though.
This makes sense since PSP 2001 and PSP 3001 series have the ablitities for Skype. So PSVita would follow suit. Even if it is now owned by Microsoft.
now fanboys how is it that the two companies we fight over have come together in at least one thing and we can't although we are by far more unified then two companies that are in direct competition with each other
I can only hope that Sony works with another voip company so they have options whne MS screws it up. =^) . . . . . . _ _ - _ also does anyone think that MS getting their own voip service with 170 million people mean that MS is working on their own portable device with Live and skype?
@7C7R7N7: what an asinine comment. while it's true that microsoft and sony compete in the home videogame console market, it's not like they're sworn enemies or anything. this deal with skype is strictly business, and microsoft obviously knows how to do business. so in short, don't worry! microsoft doesn't have a secret branch of hackers that are going to disable the PSN (again).
@dylan417 You really think MS is going to use DVDs on their next Xbox console? I think if they don't use Blu-Ray they are going to invent a high storing media disc to use and call it Green-Ray :D
@zzamaro The days of dedicated gaming handhelds are coming to an end. If MS was going to make that move, they would have done so years ago. MS is going to focus on unifying PCs, consoles, phones and tablets.
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