Ever since rumors of the PlayStation Phone firststartedcirculatingyearsago, consumers have been eager for Sony to add mobile phone service to a full-fledged portable gaming system. The Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson proved a decent compromise, adding slide-out, PlayStation-style buttons to a full-featured Android Phone, but the phone’s software library remains a mish-mash of hastily adapted mobile titles and dated PlayStation “classics.”
The PlayStation Vita, on the other hand, has a software library that offers plenty of console-quality experiences, but the handheld device has relatively limited mobile connectivity. The 3G version of the Vita lets players use a contract-free cellular connection for everything from Web browsing to multiplayer gaming, but doesn't include a voice calling option that would make the unit into a true PlayStation Phone.
So when Sony finally released a Skype App for the Vita last month, it seemed like a sanctioned workaround to turn the system into a true PlayStation Phone, complete with its own phone number. Read on to find out how to modify your Skype account and Vita to turn the system into a VitaPhone—and for some impressions of why I found the whole process to be more hassle than it was worth in the end.