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Skype on PS Vita – what you need to know

The PS Vita, the latest handheld console from gaming giant Sony, has been something of a mixed bag in terms of sales so far.

Despite the obvious qualities of the handheld console, critics said it would struggle in a market dominated by mobile gaming titles.

Sony has always said that the PS Vita is for more than just gaming, with a wealth of other features as well as plenty of apps.

The handheld can now add another service to its ever-expanding roster, in the form of a Skype app available for free on PSN.

Reports have suggested that sales of the PS Vita in Europe have been slightly disappointing for Sony, with the console the lowest selling in Europe since its release.

Skype for PS Vita – no need for a mobile?

But with the addition of Skype, Sony will be hoping to boost its sales figures as the PS Vita can essentially be used as a mobile phone.

The app uses the Vita’s front and rear facing cameras, and can work as a background process – allowing you to make or receive calls while playing a game.

It is a big move for Skype, as it is first time the service has been brought to a console, which could be a sign of things to come.

“Our users appreciate being able to access Skype features wherever and whenever they choose,”

said Manrique Brenes, senior director of emerging opportunities at Skype.

“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.”

Handheld gamers everywhere are gearing up for a number of new title releases on the PS Vita, with Mortal Kombat due out later this week.