Go ahead, chat it up

Sony Europe's R&D Manager Phil Rogers has confirmed that the PlayStation Vita will allow users to text and voice chat with friends via the system's Party app, even if they are playing different games or using different applications.

Cross-game voice chat, it's there and it's on Vita.

Party lets up to four users band together to chat, and according to Rogers is "really good for having friends together to discuss games, chat about them and get into them."

Rogers also confirmed that Party can integrate with friends lists, and that you can create a variety of Party groups, enabling you to have different groups for different types of games and apps. Thankfully, he also stated that you can over-ride the voice-chat option at will, enabling you to silence your friends before entering your dentist's waiting room or hopping on the bus.

[source eurogamer.net]