PlayStation Vita Expanding Experience: Apps for Social Networking

A gaming console that has provoked a big amount of interest is the Sony PlayStation Vita although there was major disappointment when we heard it would not be released until 2012 in the USA and Europe, a disappointment for many. Today we’ve heard more news about the Vita to digest while you’re still waiting as Sony is to expand the experience of the PlayStation Vita with social networking apps.

News of these apps comes to us from Brian Heater over on Engadget and although it seems the PS Vita will launch in Japan the US and Europe will see it at some point in early 2012. It’s not yet clear whether the apps will arrive at the same time as the next-generation portable but they will be available from the PlayStation Store at some time. The apps are for Twitter, Skype, Facebook and Foursquare and are free and the idea of having dedicated applications for communicating with friends sounds like a neat addition to the console that everybody and his dog seems to be waiting for.

Once users have downloaded the various apps they will then be able to activate them by choosing the icons from their PS Vita home screen. Chloe Albanesius over on PCMag also reports on these social networking and communication service apps and one of the services, Skype, said, “PS Vita users will have the opportunity to talk with friends and family around the globe with free Skype-to-Skype voice calling, as well as take advantage of Skype’s low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles internationally.”

In more PS Vita news Sony has also announced that software for the PS Vita will include Resistance: Burning Skies, which has specifically been created for the Vita platform. As well as this there’ll be Escape Plan, a new Assassin’s Creed and FIFA all brought to the Vita. As a brief recap on what to expect from the PS Vita we can remind you that the handheld will feature a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, front and rear cameras and also front and rear touchpads, dual analog sticks, microphone and stereo speakers built in.

The PS Vita will be available in both a WiFi-only and a 3G version. The 3G version price will be $299.99 through AT&T while the WiFi-only will cost $249.99. We’d like to hear your thoughts on these apps coming to the PlayStation Vita. Will they enhance your Vita experience? Let us know with your comments.