PSP Slim to get calling features via Skype
The PSP Slim just got Skyped
Sony announced today that they will be adding Skype functionality to the PSP with a new firmware update at the end of January.
Skype allows users to call with each other over the internet for free. For a fee, users can also send outgoing and receive incoming calls to and from traditional landlines and cell phones. Skype has over 256 million members already registered from all around the world.
With a successful run as a computer software, Skype will be expanding to other devices, one of which will be the PSP.
Not all PSP owners will be able to use it, however, as Skype is only announced for PSP Slim (or PSP-2000 as Sony would like to call it). No explanation has been given by Sony as to why older model PSP won't receive Skype functionality. My guess is that it is because of the double amount of internal memory the PSP Slim has over the original PSP model. Looks like early adaptors of the PSP will be missing on yet another new feature.
PSP Slim users can't just jump right in and start calling, however. Skype on PSP requires Memory Stick Duo space, a compatible audio input device (i.e. a microphone or headset) and a wireless internet connection.