Sony of Japan has delayed its Skype service for PSP the day before it was due to launch.

The delay has been attributed to the discovery that the two microphone products due to be released alongside the service didn't meet Skype's specifications. As a result, Sony decided to postpone the availability of the service and will announce a new release date as soon as one is decided.

Apparently Sony has clarified to some sources this delay won't impact on the European release of Skype, which is expected at the end of January. We're still waiting for an official statement though.

Sony announced its PSP-2000 Skype compatibility at CES earlier this month. The download will enable users to use their console to instant message and chat to other Skype users using a headset. That is, of course, assuming the headset works.