SALT LAKE CITY — Microsoft and Sony usually make headlines for butting heads over video games, but today they unite under a common goal — cloud-based gaming.
The Verge reports that Microsoft announced in a May 16 statement that it will be exploring joint development in cloud streaming with Sony, which will build its own streaming platform around Microsoft’s Azure servers.
The statement also said the companies will work to include better support for content creators. Microsoft was previously using Azure for xCloud, a cloud-based alternative to its Xbox hardware.Comment on this story
“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, according to The Verge. “Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers.”
Sony currently operates PlayStation Now, which lets PlayStation 4 owners stream PS3, PS2 and select PS4 games to the console. It seems likely PlayStation Now will see a refresh under this new partnership.
This announcement follows the unveiling of Google’s Stadia platform, which will let people stream PC-quality games to any device.
Stadia also supports YouTube functionality that can allow streamers to interact more with audiences within the game.