Microsoft's intentions to make their cloud gaming services available for other companies to use are well known. However, the latest company to make use of those services may surprise some people. Sony has announced they've entered into a partnership with Microsoft to develop new innovations in the cloud gaming sector that will benefit both companies.
The teams will be focusing on using Microsoft Azure for cloud gaming and the streaming of content, and the partnership aims to create "more enhanced entertainment experiences" for gamers around the world. This includes better development opportunities for content creators, and using Microsoft Azure datacenters for PlayStation game services and content-streaming.
The partnership isn't all one-sided though. The pair will also collaborate on semiconductors and AI to create "new intelligent image sensor solutions". By using Sony's semiconductors with Microsoft's AI technology in Azure, they wish to provide "enhanced capabilities" for enterprise customers, as well as improving AI experiences for everyone.
Sony's CEO Kenichiro Yoshida commented on the partnership:
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. 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. 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.Many players will be hoping this may be the start of improved cross-platform gaming opportunities, but it's worth noting that this is just the first step towards that possibility and nothing has been confirmed. More information on the partnership has been promised for the future.