Chalk this one up right to the top of the “I didn’t see that one coming!” or the “has hell frozen over?” list. Microsoft has announced that they will be partnering with Sony on new cloud-based gaming and AI solutions using the Microsoft Azure platform.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding. Going forward, Sony and Microsoft hope to deliver more enhanced entertainment experiences for customers and gamers worldwide.
“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation. Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers.”Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
Kidding aside with regards to hell freezing over, this is definitely great news for not only gamers, but tech in general. While Microsoft will be providing the Azure AI technology, Sony will be integrating their cutting-edge image sensors to improve AI by leveraging Microsoft’s cloud technology with Sony’s semiconductors.
“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.”Kenichiro Yoshida, president and CEO of Sony
It’s definitely an interesting announcement with Microsoft poised to unveil more information about their upcoming xCloud game streaming service at E3 2019 and Sony being relatively mum on the subject of cloud game services. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll be streaming PlayStation exclusives over xCloud on your Android, Xbox, PC, or other devices. More than likely, Sony will just be using Microsoft’s Azure platform to leverage their own game and content-streaming services. Only time will tell…
Not much else is known at this time with regards to what exactly will come out of this new partnership but both Sony and Microsoft will be sharing more information as it comes available.
What do you think about this collaborative cloud-based gaming and AI solution announcement? What do you hope to see come out of this new partnership? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe.Source: Microsoft
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