Good news for chatty Chucks and Cathys: Sony’s PlayStation Vita does free Skype video chats. It also takes incoming calls during a game. Studies show that gamers use their machines as much for social reasons as for games. Owners of the older Playstation and the “PSP” (PlayStation Portable), can’t do video calls because the PSP has no built-in camera.

With its front and rear-facing cameras, the PlayStation Vita lets you show friends your face or your surroundings. The Skype app runs in the background, so you can pause a game, take a call, and return.  If you have Skype credit, you can make cheap calls to landlines or cell phones. The basic machine lists for $249.

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