Microsoft and Sony today announced a partnership that will see the two tech giants partner up and work together on new cloud services, as well as to integrate Microsoft’s AI platform into Sony’s products

Microsoft and Sony Partnership

In a press release today, Microsoft and Sony announced that under this deal, the two companies will explore joint development of future cloud services through Microsoft Azure in order to refine and improve their current game and content-streaming services. The two companies will also “explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services.” The two companies announced that they will also look to “include building better development platforms for the content creator community” and hope that this collaboration will ultimately improve the products for its customers worldwide.

In addition, the deal will also allow Microsoft and Sony to explore collaborating on semiconductors and AI. The two sides will look to potentially joint develop new intelligent image sensor solutions, as well as potentially incorporate Microsoft’s AI platform on Sony products.

The specifics on this deal are still a bit vague, but it is a positive sign that two of the major console producers have agreed to together to work on cloud gaming and to improve customers’ gaming experiences.

However, for those who think this deal means the doors will open for MLB The Show to come to Xbox, don’t hold your breath. Even though Microsoft and Sony have agreed to work together on AI and cloud gaming, it’s still pretty unlikely that current console-exclusive games for Xbox and Playstation will cross over given that the two are still competing for console sales.


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