Officials from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) have announced that the new system software update for the PSP will immediately enable all owners of the newer PSP Slim & Lite model to make and receive calls using VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) telephone service Skype.
Available today, the update to firmware version 3.90 only allows Skype functionality on the new PSP Slim & Lite version of the console - and not the older PSP 1000 series of consoles.
The Skype software allows users to make free telephone calls over the Internet to other Skype users or make payments for calls to traditional landline and mobile phones.
in January, the Skype service was due to launch in Japan first but was postponed
after two microphone products bundled with the software failed to pass Skype’s certification process.
Although a headset and remote control is needed, no hardware bundle has yet to be announced for the West. Also added via the 3.90 software update is the Go!Messenger icon on the PSP cross media bar (XMB).
Compatible with all versions of the console, the software will allow for both video and voice chat at the end of February. Currently, though, the icon only directs users to a website with further information on the service.