We already knew Skype would hit Xbox One when the service was spotted during the console’s unveil, but we really didn’t know the lengths at which the service would be implemented. We got a taste at E3 2013 today.
Microsoft announced that Skype group calling, a premium Skype service, will now be included with all Xbox Live Gold Memberships and will cross over between devices such as your PC, Mac, and likely Windows Phone.
This is on top of the console’s new ability to make Skype calls via Kinect in full screen or snap mode, while playing a game.
When Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 Billion dollars, it was anticipated that the service would be integrated heavily into Microsoft products and services. As one of the company’s core services, we’re happy to see Skype making a move so smoothly to a new generation of electronics.