Skype have unveiled a new addition to their video calling service with the news that Sony’s PS Vita will soon offer Skype video calling capabilities and voice calling on both Wi-Fi and 3G models.

‘Our users appreciate being able to access Skype features wherever and whenever they choose,’ said Manrique Brenes, senior director of emerging opportunities at Skype. ‘With the launch of Skype for PS Vita, we are taking another step towards our ultimate goal of making Skype video calling available on every platform, all over the world, and meeting the demands of existing PlayStation users to offer video on a gaming console.’

Skype on PS Vita system runs in “background mode” for users while gaming or using other applications and users have the capability to pause a game, conduct a call and then return to their previous activity. Additionally, PS Vita system features both front and rear facing cameras, which allows users to switch back and forth between the two during a Skype call.

PS Vita system users can download the application for free from the “Social” category of the PlayStation Store as the Skype service becomes available on a games console for the first time.