PSP Expands Its Entertainment Experience By Introducing Skype

January 7, 2008

PSP Expands
Its Entertainment Experience By Introducing Skype

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. today announced
that it would introduce Skype features to the new slim and light PSP (PSP-2000
series). More than 246 million members are registered for the use of this
communications software, which enables users to communicate with other Skype
users around the world over the Internet. Calls between Skype users are free of
charge.

By introducing Skype on PSP, the following
features and services will be made available to PSP users (*1) (*2):

  • Free voice calls between Skype users
  • Skype contact list management (view existing
    contacts, add new ones)
  • Skype presence (see which friends are online
    and available to talk)
  • SkypeOut™ calls to make calls to landlines and
    mobile phones anywhere in the world (requires the purchase of Skype credit)
  • Optional SkypeIn™ number that lets users
    receive calls on Skype from landlines and mobiles anywhere in the world
    (requires the purchase of Skype credit)
  • View and modify Skype settings and account
    details (including username creation, SkypeOut settings, voicemail settings
    and call forwarding)

PSP users worldwide will be able to start using
Skype features and services through a simple system software update scheduled in
late January. 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 username can immediately sign in by clicking the
Skype icon and entering their username and password.

SCEI will deploy various measures to meet users’
demand and vigorously promote the expansion of the PSP platform as a handheld
entertainment system to enjoy a variety of interactive digital entertainment.

For more information on Skype, please visit
http://www.skype.com

(*1) To enjoy Skype features on PSP, users will
need Memory Stick DuoTM, a wireless Internet connection and a Skype-compatible
audio input device

(*2) In order to receive calls, users must be
connected to the Internet and signed in through the Skype screen on PSP.