It’s the news that no-one was expecting, but it’s true: Microsoft and Sony have put aside their (probably imagined) differences and have partnered up to take on the world.
The two technological giants will now be sharing technology, as well as information to build upon shared infrastructures for their future projects.
It’s been confirmed that, although not too much is known about these upcoming ideas, they will be cloud-based, and have a focus on Microsoft Azure.
The partnership means Sony will be able to use Microsoft Azure for its own game and streaming services. Other plans between the two include working on AI technology.
Over on Twitter, Xbox’s Phil Spencer said: “Excited about the opportunities ahead with @Sony for us to pursue our mutual gaming ambitions and delight players around the world.”
In a statement about the partnership, Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida commented: “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.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella added: “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.”
Read the announcement in full right here.
What do you think about this unexpected teaming up? A good sign for things to come, or a disaster waiting to happen?
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