PlayStation's Own Staff Did Not Know About Sony's New Microsoft Deal

PlayStation's Own Staff Did Not Know About Sony's New Microsoft Deal

It was a surprise to say the least last week when news broke of a vague agreement between Microsoft and Sony-normally arch rivals in the console gaming space-to team up on "new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences". Sources close to the matter reportedly told Bloomberg that Sony's PlayStation division was in the dark about the partnership as well. Understandably this freaked some folks out, the report claiming that "managers had to calm workers and assure them that plans for the company's next-generation console weren't affected".

According to Bloomberg the first time that numerous PlayStation staff heard about the deal was when it was public announced.

Rather than continuing to build its future streaming services around the Gaikai servers Sony bought for $380 million back in 2012, the company will instead pay for access to Microsoft's Azure technology.

Reports suggest that Nintendo are also in talks with Microsoft in regards to streaming platforms, analysts suggest that with Sony on board Azure will become he industry standard for cloud deployment, a position that will only be strengthened if Nintendo join up.

Sony has yet to put on a big show to debut the upcoming PlayStation 5, but it continues to release more info about the new console. As such, it is believed that Sony Chief Executive Officer Kenichiro Yoshida is being forced to collaborate with Microsoft instead of adding to the competitor pile.

But, Asymmetric Advisors strategist Amir Anvarzadeh has a different take. Sadly, this is a losing battle for PlayStation's Cloud gaming service.

To ensure PlayStation will remain the best place to play, Sony Interactive Entertainment will work on maintaining and improving its relationships with third-party developers.
Investors are rewarding Sony for its forward-thinking decision as well as the many structural changes that preceded it, such as moving some of the more staunch PlayStation Now staff to other divisions to make way for a more collaborative future for the business.

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