Cool? Yes. Vague? Also yes.
“Under the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties, the two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services,” a press release issued by Microsoft reads. “In addition, the two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services. By working together, the companies aim to deliver more enhanced entertainment experiences for their worldwide customers. These efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community.”
“PlayStation itself came about through the integration of creativity and technology. Our mission is to seamlessly evolve this platform as one that continues to deliver the best and most immersive entertainment experiences, together with a cloud environment that ensures the best possible experience, anytime, anywhere,” said Sony President and CEO, 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. Additionally, I hope that in the areas of semiconductors and AI, leveraging each company’s cutting-edge technology in a mutually complementary way will lead to the creation of new value for society.”
Xbox head Phil Spencer took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the partnership, saying, he was “excited about the opportunities ahead with [Sony] for us to pursue our mutual gaming ambitions and delight players around the world.”
Microsoft has recently announced the Project xCloud service, meant to leverage Azure technology to stream Xbox One content to smartphones. Sony’s PlayStation Now service already provides streaming of select PlayStation titles to certain markets, not including Australia.