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Sony Announces Skype For PSP, Homebrewers Respond 77

Croakyvoice writes "Sony has finally officially announced that Skype is coming soon to the PSP. The VoIP service is slated to hit the company's handheld at the end of January. The application will be available via a firmware update and is only compatible with PSP Slim & Lite Consoles. After the announcement the PSP homebrew scene released a new application called Furikup which will allow you to make phone calls with your PSP and is compatible with the original phat PSPs."
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Sony Announces Skype For PSP, Homebrewers Respond

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  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Informative)

    by webmaster404 ( 1148909 ) on Sunday January 06, 2008 @09:45PM (#21937370)
    No it is called the PSP slim and light not 2 separate consoles.
  • Re:Nintendo DS (Score:1, Informative)

    by Macrosoft0 ( 1128625 ) on Sunday January 06, 2008 @10:12PM (#21937532)
    [quote] I think the best news for the PSP people, is that an official sony product will work on any PSP. So you don't needs any homebrew hardware (flashcart,custom firmware, etc) [/quote]

    nope, sony decided the feature will only be available on the newer (psp slim+lite) model. not that there is a hardware incompatability. the newer model is mostly the same, except for the addition of a cache for quicker load times from umd's, and the backlight is improved (not sure about it, never noticed much of a difference).

    the most likely reason for the slim+lite only release is to encourage sales of the newer model.
  • by Critical_ ( 25211 ) on Sunday January 06, 2008 @10:13PM (#21937536) Homepage
    Furikup is a beta quality SIP client for the PSP. It's always nice to see the increasing number of devices supporting SIP. Without the luxury of having a PSP to play with Furikup, but having another SIP device (Nokia E61) I can give some recommendations to new users Voice-over-IP (VoIP).

    There are a number of free incoming number DID providers. A few examples:

    SipNumber [] provides Iowa State numbers.
    IPKall [] provides Washington State Numbers.
    OrbTalk [] provides London geographic numbers.

    Google's Recent acquisition of GrandCentral is a very tempting prospect even though it is not a true SIP provider. You can get a phone number in almost any locale with GrandCentral and forward the number to the above two US-based providers. You may almost register for a Gizmo [] account and forward directly to it through GrandCentral. Once the Gizmo SIP account is registered to your device it'll ring when called from a regular landline.

    The problem with having this many accounts is finding a service which can aggregate your numbers in one place so you don't have dozens of SIP accounts to register in your device. Voxalot [] is a nice service but they charge $15/year. Another one is [] but I would stay away from them. They have a notorious reputation of locking accounts [] and demanding a 50 Euro ransom to regain access. My personal favorite is MySipSwitch []. It's free, does SIP aggregation, and allows simple dial-plans to maximize cheap calling over SIP. It's also an open-source project [] and the developers directly answer questions from the community in the forums [].

    Coupling this with services like PhoneGnome [], it's possible receive calls from all over the world with some very simple guides (link #1 [], link #2 []) out there. Go ahead and give it a try. A big congrats to the coders that are bringing SIP functionality to the PSP.
  • Re:Nintendo DS (Score:5, Informative)

    by cbeley ( 1071560 ) on Sunday January 06, 2008 @10:17PM (#21937566) Homepage

    It exists. SvSIP allows to to send and receive calls with SIP on your Nintendo DS. You can download it at []. There are also a couple free places you can use with it to make free calls on your DS that you can find by looking at the accompanying gbadev forum thread at [].

    It's pretty cool, though, the out-going quality is sort of bad (it could just be the free service I was using), while the incoming sound to your DS sound just fine.

    So, take that PSP :-P

  • Re:PSP Microphone? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 06, 2008 @10:52PM (#21937802)
    You can buy headsets. They were originally released for games like SOCOM which have voicechat. Unless Sony feels like shooting itself in the foot, I would assume that they're compatible with Skype. Although, I have seen pictures of a different microphone that plugs into the USB jack, which would free up the serial jack next to the headphone jack so that you can do TV-Out on the Slim at the same time as talking on the phone. Gee, that'll be really useful. With all of these new features like TV-Out, Remote Play (which lets you connect to a PS3 over Wi-Fi, I believe) and now this software where you need to be near an access point, I get the feeling that the PlayStation Portable is becoming less portable.

    Ah, err, sorry for the digression. You can buy headsets or the new microphone that plugs into USB. I don't know if the headsets will work with Skype, but I assume the headsets will work with Furikup. The new microphone probably won't work with Furikup (yet), seeing as I don't think they're out.
  • Re:This is cool (Score:4, Informative)

    by Echnin ( 607099 ) <p3s46f102@sneak[ ] ['ema' in gap]> on Sunday January 06, 2008 @10:55PM (#21937816) Homepage
    Since we're on the subject - could you direct new PSP owners such as myself to good sites discussing homebrew on the PSP? I tried Googling for a while, but didn't find very good sites on the subject. Got myself one of the new slim PSPs in Beijing last month, and they fixed me up with custom firmware and everything, but still not finding many good homebrew apps to use...
  • by Quarters ( 18322 ) on Monday January 07, 2008 @12:10AM (#21938296)

    Skype is no different, it's not interoperable with anything else.

    Except the worldwide telephone network and most any/all cell carriers. If it has a phone number you can reach it via Skype.

  • Re:This is cool (Score:4, Informative)

    by Fallen Seraph ( 808728 ) on Monday January 07, 2008 @12:26AM (#21938394)
    I recommend: [] and [] for the most part, as well as their respective forums at: [] and [] Lots of cool stuff there and you can always ask for help or advice. Personally, I have Bookr, PSPSSH, PSPIRC, and IRSHELL on mine. All very useful tools imo
  • Re:This is cool (Score:3, Informative)

    by Peter Bortas ( 130 ) on Monday January 07, 2008 @01:09AM (#21938612) [] is useful if you are at all interested in development. The PS2, PS3 and PSP open source devkits are developed and discussed there.
  • Re:This is cool (Score:3, Informative)

    by chuckymonkey ( 1059244 ) <.charles.d.burton. .at.> on Monday January 07, 2008 @01:16AM (#21938656) Journal
    Another good one is maxconsole [] and the forums there.
  • Re:This is cool (Score:4, Informative)

    by Henry Pate ( 523798 ) on Monday January 07, 2008 @03:29AM (#21939500) Homepage Journal
    I got old (fat) PSP for Christmas so I spent some time modding it out and here's what I've found.

    4gb memory sticks can be found for $60 online and are a great investment.

    You can use this program [] to backup your UMD disks and then compress them, put them on the memory stick, and tada.

    iR Shell [] is awesome, it provides a the ability to control IR devices, nice skinnable shell, good file browser, lets you switch out of games (think alt-tab), play MP3s while you're playing a game and mute game music, toggle CPU speed, do adhoc wifi transfers between PSPs, take screenshots and much more, you can find a larger list of features (and the un-official forum) here [].

    PSP Vault [] has a very nice downloads section, tons of guides and very active forums.
    Psp-homebrew [] has a great list of homebrew you can sort by firmware version. compatibility [] is another good resource.

    PSP Radio [] lets you stream internet radio on your PSP.

    There are [] NES, SNES, GB, GBC, GBA, Sega Genesis, Neo-Geo, N64, Atari 2600, C64 and probably others.

    Wifisniffer [] is a great probably that does just what it says.

    PSP Weather [] is another good one.

    PSP HTTPD [] lets you use your psp as a webserver.

    Portable VNC [] lets you control your PC with your PSP and there is software that will let you use your PSP as your gamepad for your PC.

    PSP XTI [] is a TI-92 (Graphing calculator) emulator for the PSP. GPS is soon coming to the PSP (USA only), it will be available as a UMD but no release date or price has been set.

    There are many others, just browse the file collections and forums.

    If you have a PSP with the factory firmware and wish to downgrade it can be an annoying process, it depends on what version firmware you're running.
    This forum post as has the information you need [].

    Used PSPs can be had for less than $100 in stores near me, including a 1gb pro-duo stick, I think I've squeezed $100 worth of features out of it.
    Si Hoc Legere Scis Nimium Eruditionis Habes
  • Good news at last! (Score:3, Informative)

    by antek9 ( 305362 ) on Monday January 07, 2008 @10:44PM (#21949440)
    I think this is good news. I couldn't care less about Skype on the PSP (although better to have the option than not have it), but this means that Sony are on good terms with the team behind Skype and VoIP will eventually be available on the PS3 as well, which is what I have been waiting for since I got the Playstation Eye. It just seems natural, and finally, our video calls to Japan might get through with better quality than now.

    This post might have nothing to do with the parent post, but I'm with him concerning Itoh Misaki (I have to say, Ryoko Shinohara [] rules big time, though).

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget. -- Miller