Cloud computing seems to be the future of video games, with Epic Games even adding new cloud saves for certain games. It was relatively surprising news when Sony announced they are partnering with Microsoft to use their Azure cloud computing services when needed.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was recently featured in an interview with Fortune, where he admitted his surprise when Sony approached them, considering they are always pit against each other in the gaming market. He continued to talk more about the partnership and what can come out of it for both parties.
It’s a beginning for us. First of all, it’s all driven by Sony. They looked at who are their partners that they can trust. In fact, it turns out, even though we’ve competed, we’ve also partnered. Basically and fundamentally the fact that we have a business model in the areas [like gaming] that they’re partnering with us, where we’re dependent on their success. So we will do the best job for them, whether it’s in cloud or whether it’s in AI or what have you, in order to make sure that Sony can succeed with their own IP creation.
What do you think the future holds for this partnership? Sony apparently needs Microsoft’s cloud computing expertise.