Two rivals will collaborate on new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences and artificial intelligence.
According to the official press release, Sony Corporation and Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft) ‘will partner on new innovations to enhance customer experiences in their direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions’. The core of the partnership is collaborating at the development of new future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure. These products will support Sony’s (and presumably Microsoft’s) game and content-streaming services. The two companies will be also using Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services. The companies will also help build better platforms for the content creator community.
Sony and Microsoft will be exploring semiconductors and AI development together. The two R&D departments will be working on new ‘intelligent image sensor solutions’, using Sony’s image sensors withAzure AI tech. Sony will be also working on the integration of Microsoft’s AI platform and tools in consumer products, ‘enchanting them with new AI experiences’.
There’s no information in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment and Xbox division of Microsoft. Still, it’s pretty obvious that there are chances that Sony’s new streaming services and game streaming services will most likely work on Azure, not Google Cloud or Amazon Cloud. More information could be found here.