Sony has released a new upgrade which will allow PSP users to make phone calls using the internet.
Users of the PSP Slim and Lite will be able to make and receive calls through voice over internet protocol (Voip) service Skype.
They will be able to make free calls from their console to other Skype users anywhere in the world, and will also be able to make paid-for calls to traditional landline and mobile phones.
To use Skype on PSP, users will need to upgrade to system software 3.90, register and talk, using a headset and remote control.
The firmware also adds the Go! Messenger icon to the PSP in readiness for the launch of the service at the end of February.
Go! Messenger promises to bring video calls, instant messaging, voice chat and voice messaging to the PSP.
Which? Technology Editor Matthew Bath says that Sony’s move adds to an already impressive slate of features for its hand-held gaming system.
‘The ability to make free calls from Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless home networks using a PSP to other Skype users is a great addition, and the promise of video calls and instant messaging will boost interest in Sony’s device.
‘However, as it only works with newer models of the PSP, millions of owners of older models may feel left out by the move.’