Mortal Enemies Microsoft And Sony Are Teaming Up To Make Cloud Gaming Better

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Mum and Dad have stopped fighting! It’s happening, folks. Sony and Microsoft are officially sharing their combined wisdom to make video games even better. Specifically, streaming them. Microsoft made the announcement overnight, confirming the two tech giants will work together on Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure, and that Sony will have access to Microsoft’s data smarts. Shared image sensors and Artifical Intelligence are also on the table.

Honestly, seeing these two in a compliment war, as opposed to a console war, is the best. And it just might mean cross-platform gaming between he two. Uncharted on an Xbox? Forza on a PlayStation? Welcome to the (possible) (I hope) future.

“PlayStation itself came about through the integration of creativity and technology,” Kenichiro Yoshida, president and CEO of Sony said in a statement. “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.”

Yoshida pointed out that despite being a competitor “in some areas”,  Microsoft is a “key business partner” for Sony, and the companies sharing their technologies can only be a good thing.

CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella said Sony “has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation.”

This might not be great news for everyone, though. The new power couple means Google’s Stadia platform (which has no plans to launch on Australia at this stage) will be up against a massive combined force in terms of competition.

Junkee has reached out to both Microsoft and Sony for more information. Specifically, if this means the console war is over.