Microsoft stated today that it will partner with Sony, its chief rival in the video gaming console space, on “new cloud-based solutions for video gaming experiences.” It’s uncertain just what the new collaboration will eventually cause, however the relocation is still a surprising one offered that the business’ Xbox and PlayStation console lines are market rivals.
” Under the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties, the two business will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their particular game and content-streaming services,” Microsoft said in its news release “In addition, the two companies will explore the usage of present Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services.”
Simply put, it’s completely possible that PlayStation 5 might feature cloud gaming powered by Microsoft Azure, and beyond that, Sony and Microsoft might pool their resources to create a tailored streaming service that would be used by both Xbox and PlayStation.
” Delighted about the opportunities ahead with Sony for us to pursue our shared video gaming aspirations and delight players worldwide,” the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, tweeted about the news
The relocation comes hot on the heels of Google’s entryway into the video game console market with its cloud-only platform Stadia The move could be prompted by the console business’ entrenched gamers wanting to team up to better safeguard themselves versus Google. (Sony did not instantly react to an ask for remark. A spokesperson for Microsoft declined to supply additional remark.)
Beyond that, it’s far from clear what this will suggest for players. The language of the announcement is vague, and a memorandum of understanding isn’t always legally binding. While it’s a statement of intent, it may not wind up causing anything considerable.
Last October, Microsoft announced Task xCloud, a video game streaming service targeted at making Xbox One games playable throughout computer systems, phones, and tablets. Meanwhile, Sony currently has PlayStation Now, a service that enables individuals to stream games to a PS4 or PC. It initially looked like these services would be rivals. That still might be the case. Nevertheless, this new cooperation also implies they could in the future share some of the very same technological DNA.
” Our objective is to seamlessly develop [the PlayStation platform] as one that continues to deliver the finest and most immersive entertainment experiences, together with a cloud environment that guarantees the best possible experience, anytime, anywhere,” Kenichiro Yoshida, president and CEO of Sony, stated in the press release. “For several years, Microsoft has actually been a key business partner for us, though of course the two business have also been competing in some areas. I think that our joint advancement of future cloud options will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”