Posted on May 13, 2007, Ron Whitaker VoIP Coming to PS3
Initially, the online service for the PS3 was fairly minimalistic. It had to be, as Sony decided to keep it free of charge. It was enough to support gaming, and that was about it. However, that is about to change.
Jajah, one of the many web-based phone companies, is bringing their service to the PS3. This is not long after Jajah received a $15 million investment from Intel. Co-founder Roman Scharf says that by coming to the PS3, Jajah, “now brings free or cheap calling into the living room and away from computers”.
Players will use the PSN browser to navigate to the Jajah site, then connect to other consoles through there. It’s a little more work than the XBox system, but there’s no monthly fee.
The idea of keeping the PS3′s online component basically free of charge is a big one. It’s one of the reasons that I haven’t done much with the XBox: I refuse to pay fees for Live. I guess I’ve been a PC gamer for too long.