Microsoft and Sony are announcing an unusual partnership today, allowing the two rivals to partner on cloud-based gaming services.
“The two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services,” says a Microsoft statement. Sony’s existing game and content-streaming services will also be powered by Microsoft Azure in the future.
Microsoft says “these efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community,” which sounds like both Sony and Microsoft are planning to partner on future services aimed at creators and the gaming community. Both companies say they will “share additional information when available,” but the partnership means Microsoft and Sony will collaborate on cloud gaming.
That’s a pretty big deal, and it’s a big loss for Microsoft’s main cloud rival, Amazon.
Microsoft News: Sony and Microsoft to explore strategic partnership - StoriesIt also means Google, a new gaming rival to Microsoft and Sony, will miss out on hosting Sony’s cloud services.