SCEE have unveiled Go!Messenger, the wireless communications package for the PSP. The program is due for release in January 2008 in Europe and will use VOIP technology to allow PSP users to keep in touch with each other for free, using any wireless Internet connection. As part of a future firmware upgrade, Go! Messenger places a small application on PSP?s XMB, which can be downloaded separately from the web and installed to the Memory Stick, and PSP owners will be able to instant message (IM) each other when connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, using a new and intuitive on-screen keyboard.
By adding a headset, voice chat and voice messaging becomes possible, and by connecting Go!Cam, the attachable video camera for PSP, users also have the ability to make video calls to their friends and leave fun video and voice messages.
"With Go!Messenger, PSP is pushing new boundaries, adding unique communication functionalities to all the existing multimedia experiences,? said Stephane Hareau, PSP European Marketing Manager, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. ?Enabling more than 8.5 Million PSP users across the SCEE region to communicate with each other, through Video or Voice chat, truly confirms the always evolving nature and potential of PSP."