Today, Skype announced the availability of their application for the PlayStation Vita.  Read on for details!

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A few weeks back, I brought you my review of the PlayStation Vita.  I mentioned that I’d really like to see Skype for video and voice calling released on the Vita.  Well, today I got my wish!  Here is what Skype had to say about this news:

Now You Can Take Your PlayStation®Vita Gaming Experience to the Next Level with Skype Video Calling

Skype is happy to announce that the Skype Video and Voice calling app for PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) will officially be available through PlayStation®Store later today*.

Later today you can enjoy free Skype calls on PS Vita. Now you can keep in touch with gamers around the globe while you’re on the go as Skype is available for both the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi models. For users in Europe and Asia, the Skype app for PS Vita will be available for download tomorrow, April 25.

The Skype app includes free Skype-to-Skype voice calling, as well as high quality video calling that utilizes PS Vita’s front and rear cameras. The Skype app on PS Vita runs in “background mode” while you’re gaming or using other applications** — meaning you have the capability to “pause” a game, conduct a call and then return to your previous activity — so you never miss a call. Plus, with a little Skype credit you can make low-cost calls to landlines and mobile directly from your PS Vita.

Boosting a person’s digital swagger, PS Vita is equipped with a 5″ OLED touchscreen, dual analog sticks, precise rear touch pad, two cameras and a built-in microphone that can be used with any Skype-certified headset.

Want to learn more? Check out what our friend, fellow game enthusiast, Fatal1ty thinks about the new Skype app.

Please visit www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-ps-vita for more information on Skype features for PlayStation Vita. For feedback or questions please visit Skype Support. Happy Gaming!

*It may take up to 48 hours for the app to propagate in all local PlayStation®Stores.
** Certain games/applications will not be able to “pause” during a call.

I plan on downloading it tonight and checking it out…stay tuned for my review.  And if you have a Vita, go ahead and download the app here!