Sony & Microsoft Are Partnering On Cloud Gaming & Streaming Platforms

Sony and Microsoft have announced a partnership on cloud based solutions for gaming experiences and AI solutions. The partnership will bring “new innovations to enhance customer experiences in their direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions.” The partnership will see the two companies begin a joint development of cloud based systems on Microsoft Azure and will explore the use of the current Microsoft Azure platform for Sony’s current streaming services.

The partnership is not limited to gaming as Microsoft also plans to make use of Sony’s image sensors in Azure AI tech across cloud and edge. Microsoft also plan on working with Sony on semiconductors to enhance their AI. Both parties will also investigate the possibility of bringing Microsoft’s AI to Sony’s consumer products. This partnership doesn’t necessarily mean anything for PlayStation or Xbox, at least not at this time.

Here’s what Kenichiro Yoshida, president and CEO of Sony, had to say on the partnership:

“Sony is a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. We collaborate closely with a multitude of content creators that capture the imagination of people around the world, and through our cutting-edge technology, we provide the tools to bring their dreams and vision to reality, PlayStation itself came about through the integration of creativity and technology. Our mission is to seamlessly evolve this platform as one that continues to deliver the best and most immersive entertainment experiences, together with a cloud environment that ensures the best possible experience, anytime, anywhere. For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas. I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content. Additionally, I hope that in the areas of semiconductors and AI, leveraging each company’s cutting-edge technology in a mutually complementary way will lead to the creation of new value for society.”

Here’s what Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, had to say:

“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation. Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers.”

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UK Charts: Days Gone Tops A Slow Week

Sony Interactive Entertainment Bend Studio’s Days Gone has topped the UK weekly charts for a third consecutive week. It was one of the slowest week for boxed sales in the United Kingdom with just 12,500 units separating the best selling game with the game in 40th place. The gap between Days Gone and Mortal Kombat 11, both of which have held the number 1 and 2 spot respectively since releasing, is also starting to narrow. Activision and From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Dice Twice also saw a massive drop in sales, falling 27 places to 39th. The only new entry to make the charts is Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package for the Switch, placing in at 15th.

Here’s the top 10:

  1. Days Gone
  2. Mortal Kombat
  3. FIFA 19
  4. Red Dead Redemption 2
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  7. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
  8. New Super Mario bros U
  9. Forza Horizon 4
  10. Super Smash Bros Ultimate

 

Marvelous President Steps Down

Haruki Nakayama, chairman, president, and CEO of Marvelous Inc, has stepped down and will be replaced by Shuichi Motoda, who is the current vice chairman of the company. Nakayama-san made the decision to step down due to his poor health in recent years, Nakayama-san has also made the decision to retire from the industry altogether. Motoda-san had previously worked at Sega and Capcom before joining Marvelous Inc, formerly known as AQ Interactive Inc, in July of 2007.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Still Episodic, New State Of Play Trailer Released

Square Enix has released a new trailer for their upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake during the State of Play showcase. No new information was revealed but we will get new details about the game in June. The game is still going to be an episodic release and is currently only set for release on the PlayStation 4.

Limited Edition Days of Play PS4 Announced

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced a new Limited Edition Days of Play PlayStation 4 console. The bundle includes a steel grey 1TB PS4 console and a steel grey DualShock 4 controller. Pricing details have not yet been revealed but the bundle has been confirmed for the North Americas and Europe.

MediEvil Remake Comes To PS4 In October

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that the MediEvil remake will be coming to the PlayStation 4 on the 25th of October 2019, just in time for Halloween. The game is being developed by Other Ocean Interactive, the studio behind #IDARB and Simpson’s Tapped Out, and will be a full on remake of the game. Here’s the new State of Play trailer:

Synopsis via PlayStation:

Step into the bones of Sir Daniel Fortesque, a slightly-inept (and long dead) knight accidentally resurrected by his greatest enemy, the evil sorcerer Zarok. With a second chance to foil his greatest foe, Dan will once again set out to save the kingdom of Gallowmere and earn his place as a true hero.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III New Allies Trailer Released

NIS America has released a new trailer for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, the trailer is titled New Allies and introduces us to the new generation of the Thors Military Academy Class VII students. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is set to release in the Fall of 2019, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Synopsis via NIS America:

Nearly a year and a half has passed since the Erebonian civil war, and much has changed since then. From the shifting stances of countries to the internal politics of the Empire, and even the life of Rean Schwarzer, the shadows of the past have given way to the embers of a new chapter. Now graduated from Thors Military Academy, Rean has become an instructor at the Thors Branch Campus, a newly-opened academy that quickly finds itself thrust onto the national stage. It is here that he takes the lead of a brand new Class VII, and must guide a new generation of heroes into an unknown future. Though all is calm now, the nefarious Ouroboros organization continues to weave a dark plot that could engulf the entire continent in war…or perhaps something even more sinister.

Trails of Cold Steel III invites players into a world full of intrigue and excitement that is years in the making. They will embark on a whirlwind tour through the never-before-seen lands of the recently expanded Erebonian countryside, and encounter fresh faces as well as old friends familiar to fans of the series. In true Trails fashion, the deep, engaging story pairs with an incredible cast of characters and a combat system refined over decades of innovative RPG worldbuilding. This renowned title has also now been developed natively for PlayStation 4 hardware, a series first.