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Microsoft and Sony announce partnership to explore cloud based solutions for gaming

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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.

SOURCE: Microsoft

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PlayStation 5: Release Date & Price announced

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Sony PlayStation has officially announced the details on the release date and the price for the PlayStation 5 console.

In an announcement, the company revealed that the PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in select regions, with November 19 launch in the rest of the world.

There are two editions of the PlayStation 5: The PlayStation 5 with Blu-Ray Disc Tray and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. There are no differences between the editions beyond the disc tray.

In addition, the company also revealed the price.

  • PlayStation 5 with Disc Tray: $499
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: $399

Previously, PlayStation revealed the PS5 design and hardware information during an event back in June, unveiling the new design alongside the first batch of first party games for the console.

Pre-orders will go live at retailers worldwide including PlayStation Direct, Amazon, GameStop, BestBuy, and more soon.

Check your local retailers’ site for pre-order information. PlayStation 5 accessories include the DualSense Wireless Controller, DualSense Controller Charging Stand, Platinum Headset, and Media Remote.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a launch title for the PS5. Activision is partnered with PlayStation for the new game.

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Infinity Ward dev: Xbox Series S could be ‘bottleneck’ for next-gen development

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Earlier this week, Microsoft officially announced their lower-performing next-generation console called the Xbox Series S.

The company announced that the Xbox Series S will be perform lower than that of the Xbox Series X as it’s an all digital console and priced at $299.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft presented the specifications for the Xbox Series S console.

Here’s the specifications, compared to the Xbox Series X:

The biggest differences developers have instantly noticed is the CPU clock speed of 3.4GHz and the GPU of only 4 TFLOPS compared to the 12 TFLOPS of the Xbox Series X.

Developers have stated online that the fear this could be a potential development hurdle console when games completely switch over to being ‘next-gen’ only developed. Right now, majority of 3rd party devs are making games for the PC, PS4, Xbox One family, alongside Xbox Series X, S, and PS5.

Infinity Ward’s Designer says on Twitter that the Xbox Series S could end up being a bottleneck for development when next-gen only games start to be developed, as they’ll have to develop for a console with only 4TFLOPS. PS5 has around 10TFLOPS of power in its GPU.

The first Call of Duty game to hit next-gen consoles will be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The game is expected to be ‘true 4K’ on PS5 and Xbox Series X with up to 120FPS play for those consoles.

Treyarch has not stated what the performance will be like for the Xbox Series S console.

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Xbox Series X & S: price, release, and pre-order confirmed

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Xbox has officially announced the details on the release date, the price, and the pre-orders for the Xbox Series X & S console.

In an announcement, the company revealed that the Xbox Series S & X will launch on November 10.

There are two editions of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Digital Edition.

In addition, the company also revealed the price.

  • Xbox Series X: $499
  • Xbox Series S: $299

On November 10, a new generation of console gaming begins. That’s when our vision becomes reality with the most performant, immersive and compatible next-generation console gaming experiences, and the freedom to play your games with your friends, anytime, anywhere.

To empower you more than ever to jump into the next generation of gaming, today we confirmed: Xbox Series X, our most powerful console ever made, and Xbox Series S, next-generation performance in our smallest console ever built at a more affordable price, launch globally November 10, pre-orders start September 22.

Pre-orders will go live at retailers worldwide including Microsoft, Amazon, GameStop, BestBuy, and more starting September 22.

Check your local retailers’ site for pre-order information.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be available on the Xbox Series X and S on November 13.

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