Tokyo — Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP-2000 series) video gaming devices will soon add Skype IP telephony features, enabling users to make free calls around the world to other Skype users, Sony Computer Entertainment said here this week.
Sony said PSP users will be able to update their player software to take advantage of the Skype features and services in late January.
To use the service on PSP, users will need Memory Stick Duo, a wireless Internet connection and a Skype-compatible audio input device.
In order to receive calls, users must be connected to the Internet and signed in through the Skype screen on PSP.
After updating the PSP system software, a Skype icon will be added to the Network category in the home menu.
PSP users who do not yet have a Skype username can register by clicking the icon and following the instructions. PSP users who already have a Skype user name can immediately sign in by clicking the Skype icon and entering their username and password.
The features and benefits of Skype on PSP service will include:
free voice calls between Skype users;
Skype contact list management (view existing contacts, add new ones);
the ability to see when Skype-member friends are online and available to talk;
the ability to make low-cost SkypeOut calls to non-Skype user landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world (requires the purchase of Skype credit);
the assignment of an optional SkypeIn number that lets users receive calls on Skype from landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world (requires the purchase of Skype credit); and
the ability to view and modify Skype settings and account details (including username creation, SkypeOut settings, voicemail settings and call forwarding).
Sony said Skype now has more than 246 million registered members worldwide.