TOKYO — Just announced, Sony and Microsoft strike a deal. The two companies are planning to work together to build the future of Microsoft Azure which is cloud-based and will support gaming as well as content streaming. Sony will use the data centers at Microsoft for its existing gaming and streaming infrastructure. This news is significant because everyone wants cross-play in the coming years if not sooner. Though they were hesitant at first, this partnership looks to be a good thing especially since the Google announcement a couple of months ago relating to their game streaming service Google Stadia.
In a press release from Microsoft:
“Sony is a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. We collaborate closely with a multitude of content creators that capture the imagination of people around the world, and through our cutting-edge technology, we provide the tools to bring their dreams and vision to reality,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, president, and CEO of Sony. “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
coursethe 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. Additionally, I hope that in the areas of semiconductors and AI, leveraging each company’s cutting-edge technology in a mutually complementary way will lead to the creation of new value for society.”
Microsoft will get access to Sony’s image sensors. This will allow them to create what they call New Intelligent Image Sensor Solutions. This is just another huge company that Microsoft now has using their Azure cloud system. With this