CES 2008: Sony PSP Getting Skype, GPS

Now Sony really has updated every product range.

As the old adage goes: another day another Sony product; well, that isn’t strictly speaking accurate historically, but it certainly seems true enough at this year’s CES. As if launching a slew of new TVs, cameras and notebooks yesterday wasn’t enough, Sony has now also added the PSP to the line-up of electronic doohickeys receiving new functionality this year; better yet, these ones aren’t shameless PS3 tie-in features – hurrah!

First up we have a joint announcement between both Skype and Sony with the news that the former’s software will soon be appearing on the latter’s hardware. The new icon will nestle in amongst the RSS feeder and internet browser of the Network menu and, as one might expect enables users to either log in with their existing username or create a new one direct from the device.

A couple of small provisos are in place though: first, only owners of the new Slim & Lite PSP will get Skype, which seems more an excuse to flog new consoles to existing owners but could arguably be a memory constraint (the new model has twice as much RAM); second, you’ll have to buy an add-on microphone to actually speak to anyone. Other that that, all you need is a net connection and you’re good to go, as soon as Sony actually releases the system update that is.

If VOIP doesn’t float your nautical vessel then perhaps the migration of the PSP GPS add-on first detailed at last years Games Convention from Japan to more western shores will. Information is a bit sparse on this one but Sony’s CES 2008 site shows the device and hasn’t been amended as yet, leading us to believe we’re due a proper announcement soon – not that there’s much t say about it; if you’ve seen one GPS device you’ve seen near enough all of them.

Sony PSP Skype press release.

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