Sony and Microsoft Announce Game and Content-Streaming Partnership

Sony and Microsoft Announce Game and Content-Streaming Partnership

On the gaming side, Sony and Microsoft want to explore the use of Microsoft Azure cloud and datacenter-based solutions for its game and content-streaming services. In a statement published to Microsoft's website, the companies say that this initiative in particular will include "building better development platforms for the content creator community", so at some point down the road, we might hear about Sony and Microsoft working together to improve platforms like Mixer.

Sony already provides its own PlayStation Now game streaming service.

Google Stadia was announced nearly two months ago, set to bring game streaming to the masses under Google's massive datacentre network. Neither Sony nor Microsoft is going to commit to doing gamestreaming full-stop, as both already have consoles now in development.

"I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content", Sony's president and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, said. The worry is that, when it arrives, Stadia could usurp Sony's throne and smother Microsoft's Project X Cloud service before it gets off the ground.

In a shocking turn of events, Sony and Microsoft have announced that they're partnering on innovations to enhance customer experiences in their entertainment platforms and AI solutions.

Sony and Microsoft said they will potentially develop new image sensor chips that use Microsoft's artificial intelligence (AI) technology for business customers. Its Xbox and future cloud gaming business is only one aspect of its ambitions to grow its exposure to the games value chain. Microsoft will have also considered its position in light of these developments, especially Google's Stadia strategy.

Streaming games from the cloud brings the potential to access massive amounts of computing power in data centres. However, the datacentre backbone there is not almost as comprehensive as Microsoft Azure, and would not necessarily be able to stand up to Google Stadia on its own.

I need some time to digest this.

Maybe Microsoft and Sony will make their own VR theme park in the future, powered by small form-factor PCs that guests strap on like backpacks to easily move around the game area.

The reason why gamers looking to discover more information about the next gaming generation should tune in?

Sony getting help with their streaming capabilities from Microsoft is a great decision and allows PlayStation to keep making top-tier exclusive titles, while Microsoft collects their piece of the money pie.

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