Microsoft and Sony Announce Surprising Game Streaming Partnership

Microsoft and Sony are partnering up to explore joint development of cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to bring to their respective game and content-streaming services. This was announced on Microsoft’s official website. Microsoft’s Azure data centers will be used by both Sony’s game and streaming services.

Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony Corporation and Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

It is unknown at this time how this will affect both the PlayStation and Xbox consoles and their respective game and content streaming services but seeing both Microsoft and Sony form a partnership like this means that both companies are very serious about the future of their streaming services.

Phil Spencer who has been a revolutionary with some of the more recent Xbox One changes and additions and someone behind bringing the gaming community together with partnerships like the one with Xbox Live coming to Nintendo Switch had this to say on Twitter;

Our take

While Sony has been for the most part closed off to partnerships like this especially when looking at the number of games on the PS4 that support cross-play compared to the number of games on both the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. If them partnering with Microsoft for game streaming is to be taken as a sign, things could be changing and while it’s unknown exactly how Microsoft Azure will change PlayStation’s streaming services, specifically PlayStation Now, I would not be surprised if in the near future more PS4 games become cross-play compatible starting with Minecraft.