In an unexpected move this afternoon, Microsoft and Sony announced a partnership to explore how to apply future cloud based solutions to their respective gaming and content platforms.
Under the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties, the two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services. In addition, the two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services. By working together, the companies aim to deliver more enhanced entertainment experiences for their worldwide customers. These efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community.
Microsoft Azure platform has been accelerating its development as Microsoft pushes towards a cloud based future for Xbox consoles, with streaming options and digital options for gaming. Microsoft attempted to do this with the Xbox One initially but was met with backlash.
Sony acknowledges in the statement that the two companies are competitors in the industry but see the benefit in working together to advance interactive content, semi-conductor chips, and AI in the industry and beyond gaming itself.
Statements from the CEO of Sony and CEO of Microsoft were shared as part of the announcement:
“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,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, president and CEO of Sony. “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.”
“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers.
How to fix Warzone’s never-ending update loop on PlayStation & Xbox
Warzone’s developers have offered a potential fix for console players having to continuously reinstall the most recent update.
Warzone players on console have been stuck in a never-ending update loop where they need to install the update multiple times over, but Raven Software has offered players a solution to fix this frustrating issue.
Since Warzone’s update on April 6, which nerfed the dominant FFAR and AUG weapons, some console players have had to install the latest updates over and over. This never-ending update loop has been preventing players from accessing Warzone as the download never completes.
Some players reported this issue after the mid-Season 2 update dropped, but the issue appears to have cropped up again after the most recent Warzone update.
To end the update loop and access the game, some players have reported that they have had to completely uninstall the game and reinstall it. However, Raven Software have now acknowledged the issue in Warzone and have provided a possible solution.
Taking to their official Trello board, Raven Software added a card to their Warzone list that states “Some players on console are having to reinstall the update multiple times over.”
They have confirmed that the issue is under investigation and asked players to refer to the description for a potential solution.
Here’s what Raven Suggests to fix the never-ending update loop:
- Let both install
- Launch the game
- Go to DLC Management screen (R3) from Main menu or via Settings menu
- Install both Campaign Packs, & Special Ops Packs
Raven emphasized that this should fix the update loop, but asked players to let them know the results. You can get in touch either through their Twitter or the r/CODWarzone subreddit.
While this bug has most often been reported on PlayStation and Xbox, it’s worth trying on PC too if you’ve been having the same issue. Also, if you have the same issue on Black Ops Cold War, it’s worth trying this method here too.
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Rumor: Battlefield 6 could launch on Xbox Game Pass
It’s possible that Battlefield 6 will launch on Xbox Game Pass following rumors of a Triple-A FPS game launching on Game Pass in Fall.
Rumors that a Triple-A first-person shooter game is highly likely to launch on Xbox Game Pass in Fall have led to speculation that this is Battlefield 6.
The Battlefield 6 rumor mill has been continuously turning, with details of the game supposedly being leaked. The content and settings of the game are still unconfirmed, but we know for definite that Battlefield’s 2021 title will launch in the Holiday season.
Talking on The XboxEra Podcast, Shpeshal Ed revealed a rumor that, “There is a third party, Triple-A, first-person shooter that is very highly likely to be launching in Game Pass this fall.”
Also talking on the podcast, Jon Clarke, the co-founder and Editor in Chief of XboxEra, explains that when you say “triple-A, third party, first-person shooter,” there are two franchises releasing games in 2021 that come to mind: Call of Duty and Battlefield.
It’s highly unlikely that Call of Duty 2021 will launch as part of Xbox Games Pass, as Activision already have an exclusivity deal with PlayStation. Therefore, Battlefield 6 is the most likely candidate.
“My other bet would be Battlefield 6 because the EA Play relationship already exists,” Clarke explained. “And I’m sure Microsoft are sharing lots and lots of lovely numbers on what it does for a player base when you’ve got 20 million people immediately available to play your game.”
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EA Play, EA’s subscription service, has now joined Game Pass, offering almost the entire backlog of Battlefield games to Game Pass owners, as well as free trials for the latest titles. This deal makes it very possible that Battlefield 6 will be available on the Game Pass.
Shpeshal Ed rebutted saying that Back4Blood is also releasing in Fall, but those on the podcast weren’t sure it would qualify as a Triple-A game. That leaves only Battlefield 6.
With Xbox acquiring Bethesda and having some of their games launch exclusively on the Xbox and PC, it’s clear that Microsoft is making moves to acquire the biggest franchises for Game Pass.
We reiterate that this is only a rumor for now, and all signs point towards Battlefield 6 being on Game Pass, but whether it’s a launch title remains to be seen.
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How to get 10 free PlayStation games in 2021
Sony is offering PlayStation 4 and 5 owners free copies of AAA, VR and Indie games as part of the Play At Home initiative in 2021.
Sony is offering PlayStation games for free to PS4 and PS5 owners during the months of March, April and May 2021.
As part of Sony’s “Play at home” initiative of 2021, PlayStation gamers are being treated to a library of indie, VR, and AAA games to play, free of charge. These titles will all be available for a limited time during the months of March, April, and May of 2021 in the PlayStation Store for download.
These games will be available to all PlayStation gamers, without the need for an active PS Plus subscription. Any Play At Home titles are completely free for all players, as was the case when Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was offered in the past.
Free PS Games for March 2021
The following games will be available for download from March 25, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT until April 22, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT.
PlayStation Indie Game Titles
- Enter the Gungeon
- Rez Infinite
- The Witness
PS VR Titles
- Astro Bot Rescue Mission
- Paper Beast
- Ratchet & Clank (Available from March 1, 2021 until March 31, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT)
Free PS Title For April 2021
For April, there is currently only one game announced for free. That will be Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, which becomes free for all players between April 19, 2021, at 8 P.M. PT until May 15, 2021, at 8 P.M. PT.
Be sure to not miss the deadline for any of these games, and get them in your library before they’re gone. If you’re a PS VR owner, this may be a great time for you to stock up on quality titles for your hardware.
Sony has stated that they’ll have more to share soon, so perhaps that will be even more free titles for gamers to enjoy in the future. We’ll be sure to update when Sony makes an announcement.
Image Credits: Sony
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