Microsoft has made the announcement that the two companies will be working together to develop Microsoft Azure for both of their gaming systems. The intention is to help create a platform that will aid content creators going forward. The two companies will also be collaborating in the development and usage of semiconductors and AI technology for gaming.
There have been rumors that the PlayStation 5 and the successor to the Xbox One will feature a heavy emphasis on cloud-based gaming, and this collaboration seems to confirm them. It's possible that the announcement of the Google Stadia platform has spooked Microsoft and Sony into working more closely together in order to quickly dispose of their main competitor in the streaming market, as Nintendo has already confirmed that they won't be entering that race for a while. Phil Spencer has already taken to Twitter to talk about how happy he is with the collaboration.
President and CEO of Sony Kenichiro Yoshida and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had glowing things to say about each other's companies in the press release, in a manner that no one would have ever expected to hear only a day ago.
“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers.”
The ramifications of a joint collaboration between Microsoft and Sony are staggering. The fact that the two companies will be working so closely together on cloud-based gaming technology going forward goes to show how much faith they have in using that technology for their upcoming systems.
There have been rumors of Microsoft and Nintendo working closely together to bring Xbox One games to the Switch and that they would announce a partnership at E3 2019, which seemed to have been verified by Cuphead receiving a Switch port. Now, it seems that the pundits were looking in the wrong direction, as Sony's reluctance to engage in crossplay with other systems led a lot of people to believe that they had no interest in working with its competitors. All of those theories were wrong, and a new relationship between Microsoft and Sony is here. The only question now is what will come of their collaboration?