Sony boss Jim Ryan says he’s speaking with Microsoft and exchanging ideas about how to develop a strong cloud gaming platform for PlayStation.
The news comes as part of an extensive interview between Ryan and Nikkei Asian, as translated by Video Games Chronicle.
Ryan suggested that whatever PlayStation cloud gaming ideas are in the works, Sony might use them to help prolong the PlayStation 5’s lifecycle.
When asked about the normal console lifespan of six-to-seven years, Ryan said: “It’s hard to answer that question right now, but history shows that sales peak in the third or fourth year. At the end of the cycle, the cloud may play some role. I’m more optimistic about the future than I was a year ago.”
Sony Developing PlayStation Exclusive Cloud-Based Experience
As for why Sony is working with Microsoft on the project, it’s not too surprising.
Sony worked with Gaikai to develop PlayStation now, but partnered with Microsoft and its Azure data center in 2019 to further their cloud-based ambitions — whatever thay may be.
We’re still talking to them about exchanging ideas, and there’s some very interesting stuff, so when the time is right, we’ll announce our cloud strategy. We could conceivably use the cloud for our technical infrastructure, but the cloud gaming experience we’re offering will be unique and only on PlayStation.”
[Source: Video Games Chronicle]