Owners of Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld console will soon be able to make voice and video calls over a Wi-Fi connection, reports the BBC. Using a soon-to be-released camera and microphone, gamers will be able to call other PSP owners and some BT phones.
The software has been developed by BT and will eventually allow PSP users to call PCs, fixed lines and mobiles. Initially the service will only be available in the UK and will only work on home or BT wireless hotspots.
The new PSP service takes advantage of BT’s 21 Century Network (21CN), which is designed for IP technology. More details of the BT service will be released at the Leipzig Games Convention in August. Sony’s add-on camera and microphone for the PSP, known as the Go camera, will hit shelves in the UK on 25 May.
Currently, there are around 2,000 hotspots in the UK, at airports, railway stations, hotels and fast food restaurants. More than 24 million PSPs have been sold around the world, with more than eight million of those sold in the UK.
“There are no plans currently to bring this service to the US,” said Sony’s Dave Karraker in speaking to GigaOM, certainly a disappointment for the 7.4 million PSP owners living in the United States.
In other news, Justin.tv, the Internet ‘Truman Show’is relaunching with more shows featuring guest ‘casters’ every Monday of the week. Some casters may be like Justin, attaching a camera to their head and living their everyday life, others might have something else planned.