Microsoft and Sony announce partnership for cloud based gaming

 

Two of the biggest juggernauts are joining forces when it comes to gaming, as Microsoft and Sony have confirmed that they will be working together to explore cloud-based gaming solutions and AI. The partnership puts Microsoft’s Azure system at the centre of the strategic plan with both companies using it as a base to develop streaming services, including gaming services. With Sony already in the market with PS Now this partnership will no doubt have some kind of effect on how the service runs from the technical side.

When it comes to AI Sony will be bringing hardware including semiconductors while Microsoft brings the Azure AI technology, and meshing them together to produce user-friendly AI interfaces. What people shouldn’t expect is for Sony and Microsoft exclusives to be appearing on each other’s consoles, nor for the two to create one console together. At least not for the near future but who knows where we’ll be in 10 years from now.

We’re in a time where there is a lot more open co-operation between Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo with the main evidence of that coming from cross-platform play, even if Sony was reluctant at first. This partnership may either bring some major changes to the gaming landscape or it may fizzle out in the end, but it shows how both Microsoft and Sony see the future of gaming.

Source: Microsoft

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6 Comments

  1. I was surprised when I first read this but it makes sense, it seems like a win win for both parties. Although I can’t see some the press being happy with Sony and MS cosying up to each other as it doesn’t go with ‘Console Wars’ headlines they like to push.

    • I’m assuming they’re teaming up to keep consoles going given the competition they’re likely to receive from Google and possibly Apple in the future.

      • I’m not sure either of those are going to be huge competition to Sony or MS, really.

        Google will give it a go and abandon it or quietly reuse everything for something else after 6 months. If Stadia ever actually becomes a real thing people can use, it’ll be up against the PS5 and the next XBox within a year, both of which seem likely to be even more powerful than Google were claiming they were going to offer. (Although obviously Google can more easily update things to catch up, but that doesn’t solve the streaming problem)

        Apple these days are fairly irrelevant to anyone other than Apple fans and “journalists” who clearly own shares in Apple. Can’t see them taking on anyone and winning these days.

        I suspect it’s more likely this partnership is about things we won’t see for a long time, but which are covered by all sorts of patents. Sony and MS both wanting to do stuff that won’t be important for the general public for 5 or 10 years or more, and don’t want to end up paying millions to lawyers to sort out who’s using what patented stuff and who owes who how much.

        But I could be wrong and it could all be a sign of some sort of coming apocalypse.

  2. Surprised but makes complete sense, Google is huge but Sony and MS teaming up for streaming make them just as big, plus they have lots of exclusive games.

    Be interesting to see if this collaboration goes further, it would be really nice if for next gen they could agree on one online/achievements system so all games can be cross play without any hassle.

    • I thought in cross-platform games the achievements and trophies were the same?

  3. Even Cap and Tony reunite, when evil Google… ehm… Thanos arrives… ;-)

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