Illustration for article titled With Skype on the PS Vita Nykos Speaker Stand is Doubly Handy

Available now at GameStop locations across the U.S. Nyko's Speaker Stand for the PS Vita adds a little more oomph to the Sony portable's sound, and transforms it into a handy mobile Skype solution.

The Nyko Speaker Stand was one of the first accessories I went looking for when I picked up my launch Vita. Now I realize why I had so much trouble finding it: it wasn't out yet. But it is now, adding $29.99's worth of dual powered speakers to the unit, as well as an attractive place to sit (much easier than the Sony-brand charging stand) and a pass-through port so you can play your $3,000 stereo system ironically through it.

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It's a lovely little product, really, delivering deeper, richer sound easily. It's not a magical portal into a new world of aural pleasure, but then so few things are.

As it turns out today was a rather fortuitous day to release the accessory, as today is also the day Skype becomes available on the PS Vita. I tried out a test call with our own Kirk Hamilton, and aside from the normal interference I get while streaming Netflix and making voice calls over the internet, it was relatively clear.

Would I recommend picking one up just for Skyping? Of course not, it's a stand. Why would you pick up a stand? It defeats the whole purpose. Freak.

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That having been said, if you plan on making stationary calls that don't require panning down to your lap frequently I couldn't recommend it highly enough. Seriously, keep it up high. I don't want to see your junk.

Well, maybe a little.

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