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Sony and Microsoft Form a Partnership

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This week, Sony and Microsoft announced their intention to form a partnership on video game streaming.

Many believe that Sony will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud service to host its PlayStation streaming service. The firms said they would also work together artificial intelligence applications which could produce new AI technology.

Microsoft has devoted a lot of time, energy, and resources into developing its streaming technology. Microsoft clearly identifies its future in streaming, especially with the upcoming release of its new fully digital Xbox One S console. In 2018, Microsoft unveiled Xbox’s long term strategy for games streaming: to invest in the cloud and build communities that allow anyone to participate on Xbox and PC.

Microsoft and Sony’s chief executives both released statements after striking a deal.

“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,” said Kenichio Yoshida, Sony’s chief executive. “I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.”

Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, said: “Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation.”

Sony and Microsoft’s deal to work together will also reassure both companies against the competition of Google, which has been working to the development of its own streaming platform.

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Steve is based in Scotland, UK. His two passions are journalism and gaming and has written for other publications before joining OnlySP. He mainly plays RPG and Action/Adventure games on consoles, and has some expertise of game development litigation including loot boxes.

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Tim Schafer: No Plans for Brutal Legend 2, but ‘Never Say Never’

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Double Fine’s heavy-metal mashup, Brutal Legend, has gone some time without a proper sequel and Double Fine head Tim Schafer thinks there is still some waiting to do.

During a press Q&A session at E3 2019, Schafer was asked about the possibility of a sequel to the Jack Black-starring action-adventure game. Though Schafer says Double Fine would like to move on to something new first, a sequel may certainly still happen.

“That’s a fun universe, too, that I’d love to back to, but now we’ve been in sequel mode for a few years and it’d be nice to do something new…but never say never.”

Schafer commented on the possibility of a Brutal Legend 2 two years back, stating that fans will eventually see a sequel. During that same report, Schafer teased that Brutal Legend 2 would be an expensive game to make.

This most recent update at least reaffirms Schafer’s fondness for the series, even if the Double Fine team wants a break from sequels.

Brutal Legend released to generally strong reviews, with many praising its comedy and unique world.

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