CES: Skype is comming for PSP

With a new fimrware update later this month, PSP will get Skype functionality. This will only work on the new PSP Slim.

Here’s Sonys pressrelease taken from MaxConsole.net:

TOKYO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI)today announced that it would introduce Skype(TM) features to the new slimand light PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system(PSP-2000 series). More than 246 million members are registered for the use of this communications software, which enables users to communicate with other Skype users around the world over the Internet. Calls between Skype users are free of charge.

By introducing Skype on PSP, the following features and services willbe made available to PSP users (*1) (*2):

  • Free voice calls between Skype users
  • Skype contact list management (view existing contacts, add new ones)
  • Skype presence (see which friends are online and available to talk)
  • SkypeOut(TM) calls to make calls to landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world (requires the purchase of Skype credit)
  • Optional SkypeIn(TM) number that lets users receive calls on Skype from landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world (requires the purchase of Skype credit)
  • View and modify Skype settings and account details (including username creation, SkypeOut settings, voicemail settings and call forwarding)

PSP users worldwide will be able to start using Skype features andservices through a simple system software update scheduled in late January.After updating the PSP system software, a Skype icon will be added to theNetwork category in the home menu. PSP users who do not yet have a Skypeusername can register by clicking the icon and following the instructions.PSP users who already have a Skype username can immediately sign in byclicking the Skype icon and entering their username and password.

SCEI will deploy various measures to meet users’ demand and vigorouslypromote the expansion of the PSP platform as a handheld entertainmentsystem to enjoy a variety of interactive digital entertainment

* For more information on Skype, please visit http://www.skype.com

(*1) To enjoy Skype features on PSP, users will need Memory Stick Duo(TM),a wireless Internet connection and a Skype-compatible audio inputdevice.

(*2) In order to receive calls, users must be connected to the Internetand signed in through the Skype screen on PSP.