Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., has revealed the format holder is devising a cloud strategy that will be ‘unique and only on PlayStation.’
Speaking during an interview with Nikkei, Ryan commented that Sony is currently discussing ideas with Microsoft.
We’re still having conversations with [Microsoft] about exchanging ideas. 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.
While Sony has already dabbled in cloud-based technology after acquiring Gaikai in 2012, which resulted in the games streaming service, PlayStation Now, the firm also partnered with Microsoft in 2019 to utilise the Xbox maker’s Azure data centres for future content.
Elsewhere, the executive was also asked if cloud technology could disrupt the release of traditional video game consoles, which usually arrive every six-seven years.
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.
We have just released PS5, so at this point it’s time to learn how people are enjoying it, and then we’ll take the time to think about the future of PlayStation.
In the same interview, Ryan revealed that the PS5 generation is going to have more exclusives than any previous iteration of PlayStation hardware.
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