Sony and Microsoft have announced a partnership that will see the two tech giants team-up to help build the future of cloud gaming.
“The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services,” says Microsoft in a statement. “These efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community.”
It’s not entirely clear at this time what the extent of this agreement is, but it certainly sounds like the two companies intend on sharing technology and ideas as it relates to certain services. It’s even been suggested that Sony may utilize Microsoft Azure datacenters for some of their own future content services. For the most part, though, it sounds like this partnership is intended to expedite the development and research of new technology.
“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,” said president and CEO of Sony Kenichiro Yoshida. “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.”
What does this mean for gaming, though? Well, we wouldn’t expect to see Halo on PS4 anytime soon, but this does open some windows for potential partnerships down the line. Remember that Microsoft has been working closely with Nintendo on things like bringing Cuphead to the Nintendo Switch and possibly bringing Game Pass to Nintendo’s platform as well.
For so long as Microsoft is putting out their own consoles, they’re not going to be absolute partners with Sony. However, the nature of cloud gaming and the evolving content delivery industry does mean that Microsoft could be laying the foundation for a future in which former enemies become allies.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.