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New Skype For PS Vita App Lets You Chat Without Ruining Your Game

"Background mode" ensures you never miss a call

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After just launching their app on Windows Phone on Monday, Skype is coming to another one of your handheld devices: your PS Vita. The all new Skype app for PlayStation Vita is set to hit the PlayStation Store sometime later today.

The app supports free Skype-to-Skype voice calling, and it supports the use of the PS Vita’s front and rear-facing cameras in its video chat. Skype credits can also be used to make audio calls to any number.

Since this new Skype app is on the PS Vita, there should be some sort of feature that’s good for gamers – and in fact there is. The most exciting feature is its “background mode,” which allows it to run in the background while you play games or use any other app. If you’re in-game and receive a Skype call you’ll be notified, and with a single tap will be able to pause your game and take the call. Later, you can return to gameplay without losing any progress.

When the PS Vita hit the States back in February, is launched with a few important apps like Flickr, Netflix, and Twitter client LiveTweet.

And Skype has been on a tear since they were acquired by Microsoft. In the past few months, they keep announcing milestones – the latest being the fact that they hit 40 million concurrent users.

Like I said before, the app should be available sometime today in North America. Folks in Europe and Asia will have to wait until tomorrow.

New Skype For PS Vita App Lets You Chat Without Ruining Your Game
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