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This week, Sony and Microsoft announced their intention to form a partnership on video game streaming.

Many believe that Sony will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud service to host its PlayStation streaming service. The firms said they would also work together artificial intelligence applications which could produce new AI technology.

Microsoft has devoted a lot of time, energy, and resources into developing its streaming technology. Microsoft clearly identifies its future in streaming, especially with the upcoming release of its new fully digital Xbox One S console. In 2018, Microsoft unveiled Xbox’s long term strategy for games streaming: to invest in the cloud and build communities that allow anyone to participate on Xbox and PC.

Microsoft and Sony’s chief executives both released statements after striking a deal.

“For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas,” said Kenichio Yoshida, Sony’s chief executive. “I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”

Microsoft’s chief executive, 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.”

Sony and Microsoft’s deal to work together will also reassure both companies against the competition of Google, which has been working to the development of its own streaming platform.

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Steve Carman
Steve's two passions are journalism and gaming, and he enjoys playing Indies, RPG, and Action/Adventure games on PC and consoles. He can also often be found sharing his views on the industry @stevecgames.

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