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Vita gets Skype video calls

Available as a free download tomorrow in Europe

Microsoft-owned internet telephone service Skype will be available on Vita from tomorrow in Europe.

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The free application will be downloadable from the Social category of the PlayStation Network. Vita will offer video and voice calling capabilities on both the Wi-Fi and 3G models, with Skype running in background mode for users while gaming or using other applications (certain games will shut off network connectivity during use, which will stop incoming Skype calls).

Users will have the capability to pause a game, make a call and then return to their previous activity.

Manrique Brenes, Skype's senior director of emerging opportunities, said: "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."

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