But then the Vita speaks for itself, with or without voice and video chat.
Contrast that with Hotline, the app that forces matched pairs to have a five-minute voice call before they can text chat, and Badoo's video chat option seems like a middleground that more dating services might follow up on. I asked author Cody Goodfellow to be a guest on one of my video chats — and he agreed! Seriously, though: Cody will be my guest on today’s video chat at pm Eastern time (5pm Central, 3pm Pacific).The PSP, you’ll recall, already had Skype, but that version was feature-limited — namely, you couldn’t make video calls, in part because the PSP had no inbuilt camera, but also in part because Sony and Skype never got around to supporting the snap-in PSP camera Sony released in 2010 (in the U. (MORE: Did the PS Vita Show Too Much of Its Game Face at Launch?) With Skype on the PS Vita, Manrique Brenes, a senior director at Skype, says the company is “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 Play Station users to offer video on a gaming console.” No, Brenes doesn’t mean the Play Station 3 when referring to “a gaming console” — Sony’s angle from the get-go has been that the Vita counts as one, too. It wasn’t available to download yet while I was tying this story up, but Sony notes that it’ll work on either the 9 Wi-Fi or 9 Wi-Fi and 3G versions of the Vita, which makes it the first viable Play Station-based videophone that’ll function anywhere you have Wi-Fi or access to AT&T-based 3G.My Yearbook is also partnering OMGPOP (which specializes in live online games), Heyzap, and Viximo to bring some of their games into my Yearbook with a live video component. They are games everybody knows and everybody can play.
“Our take on social games is to help you meet new people,” says Cook.
He is betting big on —players take turns whenever they happen to be online and games can drag on for days. Facebook has the “wrong social graph” for realtime games because the chances that one of your friends is online right now My Yearbook takes a different approach, using games as a social lubricant to get you to play with people you don’t know.
There are a lot more of those people online at any given time.
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The company makes its money from virtual currency and in-game offers, and is on track to make about million in revenues this year, according to CEO Geoff Cook In mid-December, my Yearbook will launch a new set of a dozen live games which will combine casual games with live video chat.