In some of the biggest and most unexpected news this week, Microsoft and Sony announced on Thursday that the two are partnering to help advance gaming and entertainment through Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, Azure.
While the two are normally competitors in the games industry, the two seem excited to share information and technology to help making cloud gaming as great as possible. The official press release by Microsoft states that “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.”
While it’s not entirely clear if Xbox and Playstation consumers will be recieving be able to play each other’s exclusive games, this likely won’t be the case. The partnership bodes great news for fans of both platforms though, as it shows Sony thinks Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure is better than Amazon’s or Google’s. Xbox fans should be excited by Sony’s confidence in Azure as it means xCloud will likely be one of the best game streaming services on the market when it launches beta trials later this year.
It’s great to see two of the biggest companies in the gaming industry put aside their competitive difference to advance the greater good of gaming and make cloud gaming as great as possible.
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