Sony and Microsoft Team Up for Gaming

Sony and Microsoft Team Up for Gaming
The gaming and AI partnership between Sony and Microsoft has come as a complete surprise.

(CCM) — Video games titans Microsoft and Sony have taken the world by surprise with the announcement that they have decided to form an alliance.

Microsoft's Xbox One competes head-on with Sony's PlayStation 4 at the top end of the console market, so the partnership was completely unexpected.

According to the agreement, the two companies "will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services," the announcement says. "In addition, the two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony's game and content-streaming services."

The two companies will also work together on artificial intelligence technology, which is often used in video games to make agents controlled by the computer "smart."

At this stage little is known about when the first results of this partnership will see the light of day, but the two companies have promised to share additional information "when available."

But the deal puts a question mark over the future of PlayStation Now, Sony's game streaming platform, as well as Microsoft's planned rival xCloud streaming platform. The deal also raises the possibility that in the future some joint streaming platform may be introduced, making it easier for owners of the two companies' consoles to play games against each other.

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