Sony is planning on turning the PlayStation Vita into a social networking hub when it eventually launches following the announcement that it has signed deals with Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Skype to bring the services via dedicated apps to the handheld console. 

The Sony PS Vita will come with dedicated applications for Facebook, foursquare, Skype and Twitter to PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) which will launch in Japan by the end of 2011, followed by the U.S. and Europe early next year. 

“PS Vita users will not only be able to enjoy the immersive rich gaming content but through the addition of these social networking services and communications widely used around the globe will also have an easy access and greater opportunity to enjoy communicating with friends by simply selecting the dedicated application,” says Sony.  

The applications will be downloadable to PS Vita directly from PlayStation Store at no charge. Users will be able to activate the application just by selecting the icon which will appear on the PS Vita home screen and enjoy easy navigation using the touch screen.

The announcement comes as Sony used its keynote speech at Gamescom to launch a budget version of the PSP as well as drop the price of it's PS3 console around the world.