Skype arrives to the PS Vita

If you felt like you didn’t have Skype on enough platforms already, you will be happy to know that Skype finally dropped onto the PlayStation®Store for North America. European folks will have to wait until Wednesday to get their hands on this App. The new Skype App offers both Skype-to-Skype voice and video (and you thought you’d never use that front-facing camera, did ya?) calling. The App allows for calls over both WiFi and 3G (and you thought you’d never use that 3G, did ya?). Fortunately, unlike it’s sibling on the Windows Phone, Skype on the PS Vita can run in the background, allowing you to take calls while running other PS Vita Apps. Note, however, that some games like Uncharted don’t allow for WiFi to be enabled, thereby making Skype moot. Hit the jump to see Skype in action.

Continue reading

PSN updates include Foursquare app

The PS Blog has announced their weekly PSN updates, and it looks like there is a new app: Foursquare.  I downloaded it, but when I launched it, my Vita froze.  After a restart, I was able to sign into Foursquare and check into the hotel I’m staying at.  I could also explore places near me, and view my friends’ activity.

Continue reading

Facebook app pulled from PSN

First it was Europe, and now it’s the US. The Facebook app has officially been pulled from PSN. According to Sony, it’s due to issues on Facebook’s side. Joystiq reports:

“The Facebook application for PS Vita is not available at this point in time. We are currently looking into this to restore it to normal operational status. We will announce further details when ready.”

For those of you who are like me and already downloaded the app, we’re out of luck too. Apparently the app is just plain broken, which might explain why it was pulled.

Plants vs. Zombies coming to the Vita

PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies (PvZ) is reportedly going to be available at the time of launch in the US. The game was given rave reviews by many and was personally a favorite of mine. If you haven’t tried it, and you’re planning on getting a Vita, this might be a game to get depending on its cost. The game should have special features that would leverage the Vita’s unique abilities.

The other great thing about this news is that it could be indicative of how the PlayStation Store is being received. Hopefully we’ll continue to see successful dev teams from other marketplaces port and even develop new games for the Vita. Let’s wait and find out.