PlayStation Staff Reportedly Didn’t Know About Sony’s Microsoft Deal

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They were told plans for Sony’s next-generation console weren’t affected.

Reports indicate PlayStation employees were unaware of Sony and Microsoft partnering to improve their cloud gaming services, and were caught off guard by the announcement.

Reported by Bloomberg, according to sources familiar with the matter, negotiations between Sony and Microsoft began last year and were led by Sony’s senior management in Tokyo – mostly without the involvement of Sony’s PlayStation branch. Managers reportedly had to calm PlayStation employees and “assure them that plans for the company’s next-generation console weren’t affected.”

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Sony and Microsoft announced their partnership to improve cloud gaming, AI solutions, and more last week. In their signed memorandum of understanding, both companies agreed to explore ”joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services.” In addition, the companies intend to integrate Sony’s image sensors with Microsoft’s Azure AI tech across cloud and edge, and leverage Sony’s semiconductor technology.

Sony has had limited success in the streaming field, buying cloud tech company Gaikai in 2012 and ultimately using the technology to create PlayStation Now, Sony’s cloud gaming subscription service.

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Microsoft, on the other hand, announced its global game streaming service Project xCloud last year, which Xbox boss Phil Spencer has used to play Destiny 2 and Crackdown 3 while traveling.

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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.

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