For a long time now, Sony and Microsoft have been two of the biggest rivals in the gaming world, as both companies have produced the likes of the PlayStation and the Xbox.
Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox have long battled it out, with exclusive titles winning players to one side or the other.
However, now the two companies are teaming up to collaborate on new cloud-based solutions for gaming.
Many think the collaboration is coming after Google launched a cloud gaming plan — a way to team up against the search engine goliath.
As Microsoft noted in a statement, “The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services.”
In addition, Microsoft notes that the pairing will “include building better development platforms for the content creator community,” possibly hinting at projects in the works for developers and gamers alike.
Sony’s existing game and content-streaming services will also be powered by Microsoft Azure in the future.
As noted by Sony chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida, “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.”
Mr. Yoshida also noted that Sony’s renewed mission is to evolve the PlayStation platform into one that can provide players with top-quality entertainment experience any time, any place, with the help of cloud technologies.
While Microsoft and Sony are teaming up, Google is gearing up to majorly disrupt the video game world with its recent announcement of Stadia, a platform which lets players stream blockbusters to any device — a possible game-changer for the entire gaming experience.