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Rumor: Vita Will Keep Skype Feature

The PlayStation Vita is a remarkable little unit with a ton of potential.

It enjoyed a full unveiling at E3 last week and gamers, journalists, and analysts came away impressed. But there may have been one feature that didn't get announced:

Skype functionality. Brazilian site GameGeneration has posted up an intriguing pic from Sony's Key Account Meeting in Sao Paulo. There are quite a few logos associated with Vita - PSN, Wi-Fi, and DLNA - but there's one we didn't expect, and it's the Skype logo. Currently the PSP has Skype but Microsoft recently purchased the service, so there was some question as to whether or not the "PSP2" would have access. But remember, when MS got Skype, they said they would continue to support versions that weren't on MS platforms, so this isn't out of the realm of possibility.

Then again, it could just be a mistake. It's a big mistake - usually don't see those at events where the manufacturer presents its own product - but we suppose it's possible.

Tags: playstation vita, ngp, next generation portable, vita skype,

6/18/2011 10:51:39 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (39 posts)

main_event05
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 11:24:32 AM
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That would be a B**ch move by MS if they forced Sony to drop it, not that i use skype, but still. Kinda reminds me of how google took over youtube and screwed it up.

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Claire C
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:29:24 PM

Are you saying you don't like long commercials and advertisements before a 60 second video? =D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 1:41:31 PM

*High fives Claire*

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NoOneSpecial
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 1:55:24 PM

Adblock plus baby

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 3:45:01 PM

I don't think adblock plus pulls the commercials out of video footage does it?

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NoOneSpecial
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 4:21:45 PM

It does on youtube, along as you don't start the video while still in fullscreen (i.e. just finished one video and clicking on another in the suggested video box that pops up). It's really quite useful. Haven't seen an ad on youtube for months.

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manofchao5
Monday, June 20, 2011 @ 5:50:55 PM

if microsoft did that they would be attacked by many for being anti competitive and probably get some good fines, plus i dont think they would because phone service wont crazily affect sales and if they cut them out ms would lose potential sales on the monthly fee

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ThingsOnFire
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 11:28:18 AM
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If they do keep it, I think it's very noble of them to make sure they maintain the same level of functionality as before....even though a competitor's product is being used.

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Neo_Aeon666
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 8:50:58 PM

Well you know I don't think they would want to spit on the royalties. Plus I bet the people who use it on PsP are paying some fees for a couple of their calls so... Why lose potential costumers when you already have a small install base?

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faraga
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:14:09 PM
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You can still get Skype on Apple products...
Also, Microsoft doesn't have a handheld console.

Last edited by faraga on 6/18/2011 12:14:50 PM

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Zorigo
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 5:15:13 PM

Yes but they own Skype so its sensible to question the possibility they would pull the feature from their biggest competitor's new product

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Neo_Aeon666
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 8:51:58 PM

Don't you think they would just lose more money if they removed it? People are paying for some of the features and calls no?

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 9:28:23 AM

Of course they will not remove it. It makes no sense to do so.

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Beamboom
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:14:44 PM
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Skype is a product in it's own rights, so it's unthinkable that they would try to limit the usage. The value of Skype is 100% related to the number of available users.

Skype is also for Linux and Mac, who are competing operating systems.


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Zorigo
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 10:40:12 AM

Didnt look at it that way, good point

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Claire C
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:27:23 PM
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Microsoft should also assume that it is infact possible a number of 360 owners are interested in the PSVita as well. =<.<=

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Zorigo
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 5:17:01 PM

Esp as MS don't do a handheld. and thank god really, i mean with Sony, Nintendo, Apple and Android, the market is fully covered IMO and MS wouldn't bring anything beneficial to the table that someone else doesn't already have. Esp sony with their awesomesauce of a new handheld

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cLoudou
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 7:22:10 PM

MS does have a mobile OS, if you are gonna bring Apple and Android into this. It's just that.....well it sucks....IMO. (Before the Windows phone supporters bash me)

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Zorigo
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 10:41:09 AM

It seems quite flashy in the ads but so does iOS yet Android is much more open, thats why for me, Android is the way.

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 12:08:02 PM

Yeah android is the coolest thing that's happened to mobiles imo.

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coverton341
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:57:54 PM
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It would be pretty messed up seeing as how I can run down to Best Buy, pick up a Sony Vaio laptop, and start streaming videos from Windows Media Centre that is packaged on Windows 7 Ultimate.

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Beamboom
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 12:58:53 PM

Hehe - good point :)

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Clamedeus
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 1:09:55 PM
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w00t! Now I don't have to be at my computer to go on Skype and talk to friends. Just sit back lay down while watching TV and have a conversation. :D

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556pineapple
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 1:16:59 PM
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As it's been mentioned before, you can get Skype on non-Microsoft platforms. The same goes for Windows Live Messenger. It seems to me, the more platforms they can get their product on, the better, regardless who makes it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 1:44:37 PM
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Sony: "Yeah Skype is cool, we don't care who owns it we want that functionality on our portable system for the fans."

Microsoft: "We would rather run the gaming industry into the ground or die than have to pay a single penny to Sony for letting us use Blu Ray technology."

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Cesar_ser_4
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 3:17:37 PM

I've always thought sony and microsoft could strike a deal. sony gives microsoft a discount if microsoft lets sony play your own music while playing a videogame.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 5:31:39 PM

Whatnow Cesar? The ability to play custom soundtracks is entirely up to the developer on the PS3. MS supposedly does have a patent on cross-game chat though, so that what be a better choice for the swap.

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Excelsior1
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 5:46:55 PM

@world

good point on the blu ray. i don't think ms will ever support blu ray. it will be interesting to see what format ms goes with next gen. thank god sony won that format war. it was a real shot in the arm when sony needed it.

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Zorigo
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 10:42:02 AM

that quote epitomises how money hongrey MS are

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SympoziumPawa
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 3:48:50 PM
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Microsoft won't do that... yeah Playstation is a rival to the "Microsoft Xbox" but why should they force Sony or any other business to remove a service that they have bought?

Its not the gaming division here. (I think)

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nilos95
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 5:20:28 PM
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I doubt Skype will be made exclusive anyway. Unless they want me to protest....Skype is great(at least compared with M$N)

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, June 18, 2011 @ 5:33:46 PM
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And so it should. It is a feature unrelated to the ability to play games, and if MS refuse to allow the Vita to support it after Skype was on PSP then it'll be a loss to both companies. I think that it's about time to put aside these petty differences and unite as gamers. There are bigger issues out there.

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___________
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 5:46:33 AM
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positive skype will be there, when M$ bought it out they did say were still going to support 3rd party devices so it on vita should be guaranteed.
cant believe there not going to have a video out feature though, i mean come on whats the point of having such a powerful system but restrict it to such a small screen?
as useful as hiring a crane to lift a leaf!

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Excelsior1
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 9:39:51 AM

if that's true the vita won't have a video out i won't even consider a purchase.

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___________
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 12:05:10 PM

its on there US site when they did a FAQ guide for it.
they lost a purchase from me with there piss poor customer support, but this just double looses a purchase.
whats the point of having such a high spec machine with such a small screen?
might as well hire a crane to lift a leaf!

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Fane1024
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 6:34:01 AM
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*cough* skype on PS3 *cough*

(you know, the device that's actually connected to the internet full-time)

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Beamboom
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 9:32:20 AM
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Is it just me or has the spamming just increased drastically in intensity? Time to tighten the member registration process, methinks...

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Mdash0009
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 11:57:06 PM
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i might've read wrong but i think i read (on a gameinformer magazine, i think) that the Vita will have a video output (HDMI) and that it's 720p. also read that it's a little lighter than the PSP and its anolog sticks work like the PS3's.
I just have afew questions about the Vita: will it break easily if dropped 3 feet from the ground? does it heat up after a while of play?

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 @ 6:44:12 PM
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Skype boots executives to prep for Microsoft takeover June 20, 2011

http://venturebeat.com/2011/06/20/skype-boots-executives-to-prep-for-microsoft-takeover/

SkypeInternet video chat company Skype confirmed on Monday that eight executives have left the company following Microsoft’s huge $8.5 billion buyout offer in May. The company did not say whether the executives were laid off or resigned, but Bloomberg suggests they were fired. Bloomberg, however, did not mention any grounds for firing.

“Skype, like any other pragmatic organization, constantly assesses its team structure to deliver its users the best products,” a Skype spokesperson said in a statement. “As part of a recent internal shift Skype has made some management changes.”

The shakeup appears to be a way to trim Skype’s excess in order to get ready for the move under the Microsoft umbrella. Bloomberg says Skype letting senior executives go will reduce their payout. Business Insider, however, talked to an unnamed Skype investor and said the incident was the product of a lengthy company review by CEO Tony Bates.

Specific departures from Skype included David Gurle, vice president and general manager for Skype for Business; Don Albert, vice president and general manager for the Americas and Advertising; Doug Bewsher, chief marketing officer; Christopher Dean, head of consumer market business development; Russ Shaw, vice president and general manager; and Anne Gillespie, head of human resources; Qik founder Ramu Sunkara; and senior vice president Allyson Campa.

In related news, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday approved Microsoft’s buyout offer for Skype.
The deal still needs to clear the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Union.

Microsoft said it intends to connect Skype video calling services to Outlook, Xbox, and other products if the deal goes through.

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