One of this year’s most surprising news stories in the gaming industry has to be the corporate collaboration between Microsoft and Sony concerning cloud technology. It is one of those stories that sounds the death knell of console wars as we know it. In an interview with Fortune, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella provided some insight on how the partnership came to fruition. To add to the collective gasps the gaming community took at the story, Nadella confirmed that Sony initiated the proposition and effectively drove the conversation between the two companies.
Nadella stated the following on the matter: “[The partnership is] a beginning for us. First of all, it’s all driven by Sony. They looked at who are all their partners that they can trust. In fact, it turns out, even though we’ve competed, we’ve also partnered.” In the past, Sony used Amazon’s cloud technology, another company that harbors a massive cloud bank, to fuel services such as PlayStation Network and PlayStation Now. Nadella also emphasized that the partnership isn’t all that one sided, as Microsoft intends on using Sony’s image processing technology to further their AI research and development. While Sony capitalizes on Microsoft’s cutting-edge Azure software, Microsoft can likewise take advantage of Sony’s top-of-the-line image processing hardware.
At the end of the day, both parties would ultimately achieve their goals. Microsoft will be closer to achieving market dominance in cloud gaming and Sony will have their PlayStation Network flourish under Microsoft’s far superior technology. Everyone should be happy, right? No more fighting, right? What are your thoughts on Sony initiating the decision with Microsoft? Will we finally have a much improved PSN by the time PS5 releases? Let’s discuss in the comments below and stay tuned for more news updates from Sick Critic!
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