Microsoft and Sony have revealed this week, that they have formed a new partnership, one that will see the two gaming giants share information and technology from now on. While the official announcement doesn’t mention either the PlayStation or Xbox brands, it does basically say, that the two will focus on things such as gaming platforms.
The partnership itself will focus mainly on the two companies jointly developing cloud-based solutions within Microsoft Azure. While services like PlayStation Now aren’t mentioned it does state that Sony will use Azure for its own online streaming services.
Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, Tweeted the following,
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 16, 2019
While the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella tweeted this,
Bringing the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers https://t.co/cMRKFE74Yk
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) May 16, 2019
Sony President, Kenichiro Yoshida, said the following,
”PlayStation itself came about through the integration of creativity and technology”
“Our mission is to seamlessly evolve this platform as one that continues to deliver the best and most immersive entertainment experiences, together with a cloud environment that ensures the best possible experience, anytime, anywhere. For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas. I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”
With E3, not too far away, it will be interesting to see if this is mentioned by Microsoft in further detail. We know it won’t be by Sony since they have opted to stay out of this years E3 show. Meanwhile, we remain excited to see what Microsoft and Sony can accomplish together.