Their enemy is Google. .
With Nintendo dominating the last 13 years of gaming in hardware sales, Microsoft and Sony have been battling for supremacy over who can be number two. While one console is limited in exclusive games, the other has a harder time with online gaming, the two have decided to partner up.
This week, Sony President and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed a strategic partnership for cloud gaming consoles. The two sides plan to explore future console releases for streaming games, in the cloud-based Microsoft program, Azure. The deal now brings Azure and Azure AI to Sony devices for gaming and entertainment experience down the line.
It’s unclear how this will affect the pending roll-out for PlayStation 5 in 2020 or Microsoft’s next Xbox, but many are assuming this rare agreement is to stop stream from Google’s Stadia device. Stadia was revealed back in March and many are touting it as Netflix for gaming.
The google system is set to stream games in 4K and 60 frames-per-second, which was the eye-raiser for most, considering some games PS4 Pro or Xbox One X don’t run properly in that resolution.
With Sony skipping e3, we’re assuming Microsoft will have more details on the collaborative deal in a few weeks.