At Gamescom 2011 Sony announced that social network services such as Facebook, Twitter, Fourquare, and Skype will be supported by the PlayStation Vita in network specific applications. This means, rather than having to load up a website you can view Facebook, and Twitter with PlayStation Vita specific features, and design outlines. The addition of Facebook, and Twitter aren’t entirely surprising, as various Vita games, from Smart As, to Modnation Racers will be using these websites for content sharing.
Now, the addition of Skype (which was unintentionally revaled by a Brazilian Vita showcase months ago) will also allow users to call each other and converse in both video, and audio chat. Who needs a phone, huh?
But perhaps the most interesting is that Dwango is developing a Nico Nico Douga application for Vita. For those who don’t know, Nico Nico Douga is a popular Japanese video site equivalent to maybe our Youtube. The prevalence of video applications is great, and seemingly confirmed as Twitter, and Facebook’s Vita applications will support embedded audio, and video clips.
All of these social network applications are also behind Sony’s own local, and PSN feature called Near. Near challenges players to compete in local arenas to see who’s really the best.