Microsoft And Sony's Cloud Gaming Collaboration Caught The PlayStation Team By Surprise

Ruben Fields
May 21, 2019

The company also reinforced the importance of its cloud-gaming plans with Playstation Now, and somewhat surprisingly doubled down on its underused Remote Play feature, stating the "evolution" of which would in the future "provide a seamless game experience anytime, anywhere".

Reported by Bloomberg, according to sources familiar with the matter, negotiations between Sony and Microsoft began previous year and were led by Sony's senior management in Tokyo - mostly without the involvement of Sony's PlayStation branch.

Reports indicate PlayStation employees were unaware of Sony and Microsoft partnering to improve their cloud gaming services, and were caught off guard by the announcement.

It was a surprise to say the least last week when news broke of a vague agreement between Microsoft and Sony-normally arch rivals in the console gaming space-to team up on "new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences".

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The newly inked deal reveals plans for the two gaming giants to co-develop game streaming technology and host PlayStation content and online services on Azure's cloud platform. At Games Developer Conference, Google announced Stadia, a cloud-based game streaming platform that promises to offer unparalleled gaming across device portfolio and while at its March Services event, Apple introduced Arcade as a dedicated gaming platform for iPhone users. Price-to-performance is always a key factor in a console's success, and so far it's hard to say how Sony will manage to keep the cost attractive and the product financially viable, given the guts it's purporting to have.

"Sony feels threatened by this trend and the mighty Google, and has made a decision to leave its network infrastructure build-up to Microsoft", said Asymmetric Advisors strategist Amir Anvarzadeh. As such, it is believed that Sony Chief Executive Officer Kenichiro Yoshida is being forced to collaborate with Microsoft instead of adding to the competitor pile. For the record, Sony's gaming division is also responsible for bringing in more than a third of the brand's total income, which is why many feel that they should've been consulted first.

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