Sony and Microsoft to Collaborate on Cloud-Based Game Streaming

Microsoft, Sony Team Up To Work On Gaming Experiences, AI Solutions (NYSE:SNE)(NASDAQ:MSFT)

Sony and Microsoft have announced the inking of a strategic partnership between the two companies and implies they could work together on issues like hosting game services.

Additionally, Sony and Microsoft said they will collaborate on semiconductors and artificial intelligence.

In this console-gaming Shangri-La, the idea of a console game "exclusive" would disappear as Sony and Microsoft both publish their major franchises directly to a joint streaming service for everyone to enjoy. Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that makes use of Microsoft's extensive data centers.

The official Microsoft report noted that the two companies will "explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony's game and content-streaming services".

KitGuru Says: This was quite the surprise, but it is great to see two of the largest companies in gaming setting competition aside for a minute and focussing on working together to build something that will ultimately be for the greater good.

Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony Corporation and Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corporation, pose in this undated photo released by the Microsoft Corp. located in Redmond, Washington, U.S., May 16, 2019.

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While we're not entirely sure on how much of a cut Microsoft will be getting, giving Sony access to the Azure tech will be monumental for the future of PlayStation, and if this collaboration helps upgrade development platforms for content creators, it's a win-win situation.

The deal is in its early stages, with many specifics yet to be determined.

SONY AND MICROSOFT have taken time out from arguing whose games console is better to team up and make both their games better.

The companies will integrate Sony's image sensors with Microsoft's Azure AI technology to "provide enhanced capabilities for enterprise customers", according to the statement. Throw in a joint venture for more cloud gaming solutions for both companies and console games could fully go the way of the gaming cloud, like they are starting to with PC games.

For Microsoft, that opens the door to getting its cloud technology integrated into more consumer products, such as cameras and televisions, rather than working mostly on business applications as it does today.

For Sony, if its PlayStation is to remain competitive, it too is likely to need to move heavily into streaming full, high-quality games over the internet. Stay tuned for more information about what the two renowned companies will actually be cooking up in the cloud.

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