updated 06:00 pm EDT, Tue August 16, 2011
PSVita gets free social and VoIP from the start
Sony's Gamescom keynote on Tuesday saw it give future PSVita buyers a slew of social apps for when the console is ready. The handheld will have apps available on or near launch for Facebook, Foursquare, Skype, and Twitter. All will be free in the PlayStation Store.
The PSP already has Skype support. Having the three more apps is a reflection of the Vita's change in design philosophy, where Internet access is much more important. The $299 model also adds 3G and has an always-on connection with positioning, which could be crucial to Foursquare and Twitter.
Sony will only ship the Vita in Japan this year. North America, Europe, and most other areas get it in early 2012.