Microsoft and Sony’s partnership for cloud-based game streaming caught in-house PlayStation team by surprise. This information comes from the recent report by Bloomberg. The report is about the reaction of the PlayStation team towards the unexpected alliance between Microsoft and Sony.
Sony’s lead management apparently began dealing with Microsoft without the involvement of the PlayStation unit. The report mentions that the negotiations began in 2018. These negotiations were handled “by Sony’s senior management in Tokyo, without the involvement of the PlayStation unit.”
It means that when the partnership was made public last week, Sony’s own PlayStation Team heard it for the first time. This happened despite the fact that PlayStation Team has worked for more than twenty years at Sony Corporation battling against Microsoft’s Xbox in the market.
The report claims:
Staff at the gaming division were caught off-guard by the news. Managers had to calm workers and assure them that plans for the company’s next-generation console weren’t affected, said the people, asking not to be identified discussing private matters.
This does surprise us that a company like Sony Corporation can make gaming related decisions without the involvement of the PlayStation Team.
Microsoft and Sony announced last week that they are working together to co-develop game streaming technology, most likely for Sony’s PlayStation 5. Further, Microsoft will be hosting some of the PlayStation content and online services on the company’s Azure cloud platform.
The move does make sense as Sony has always struggled to have a major impact on the gaming market with its PlayStation Now service. This aligns with the previous patent filed by Sony hinting towards a game streaming service with PS5.
According to Bloomberg, Sony realized that its own network services will not be enough in the future, especially with new entrants in cloud gaming like Google Stadia. Sony first reached out to Amazon in order to expand its cloud gaming plans but talks broke down. Afterward, the company turned towards its arch-rival Microsoft and the partnership apparently did work out.
Sony feels threatened by this trend and the mighty Google, and has decided to leave its network infrastructure build-up to Microsoft. Why would they sleep with the enemy unless they feel threatened?, said Asymmetric Advisors strategist Amir Anvarzadeh told Bloomberg.
Currently, it’s unclear how far the partnership will go between both companies but it will surely benefit gamers soon.