Microsoft and Sony leaders have surprised the video game industry by announcing a historic collaboration.
According to Microsoft, the two companies will collaborate on developing cloud technology for future video game platforms, but the details are still vague at the moment.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer shared his enthusiasm for the collaboration, but according to Bloomberg, many people within the Xbox and PlayStation teams were not aware of the intentions of Microsoft and Sony.
Negotiations between the two – celebrated with an image of Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony’s president, to greet Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chairman, were managed at a higher level than the PlayStation division, Bloomberg reports.
Eurogamer was also able to find that most of the Xbox employees were not even aware of this collaboration, which was also planned at the highest level within Microsoft.
However, Microsoft may announce another collaboration, this time with Nintendo. David Gibson, a Tokyo-based analyst, points out that Nintendo was already thinking of partnering with Microsoft to use its technology in a streaming service from Nintendo.
Plus it means more likely for Sony+MSFT to be the streaming winners again despite new entrants. Where does that leave Nintendo? Likely agreement with MSFT and perhaps Sony to offer their streaming services on Switch
— David Gibson (@gibbogame) May 17, 2019