Episode 40 – Sony & Microsoft to collaborate on the future of game streaming

recorded on May 17, 2019


Sony and Microsoft to collaborate on the future of game streaming (GameSpot)

  • The CEO of MIcrosoft and the CEO of Sony came together to form this partnership
  • Sony specifically mentions the Azure servers which is used for the future xCloud
  • Announced yesterday (5/16)
  • A collaboration to bolster their own respective streaming services to compete with Google Stadia
  • Google Stadia must have really rustled some feathers!
  • The collaboration is focusing on their entertainment sectors but not specific mention of PlayStation or Xbox
  • Joint efforts will be focusing on the Microsoft Azure (Microsoft’s cloud computing platform)
  • Bringing the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
  • Excited about the opportunities ahead with @Sony for us to pursue our mutual gaming ambitions and delight players around the world. – Head of Xbox Phil Spencer

Little Bits

Rage 2 launched on Tuesday to mixed reviews, any interest in this game?

Red Dead 2 online exits beta phase with big new update coming in the summer (GameSpot)

  • Will release with new missions, characters, and free roam missions

Minecraft Earth announced, similar in concept to Pokemon Go but more ambitious (ResetEra)

Overwatch League Announces Trading Cards (5/13) for the pro players

  • Set to release June 19th
  • Initial cards will only include players from Season 1
  • Deal made with Upper Deck

Rapid Fire News

Metro Exodus first DLC The Two Colonels arrives this summer with new content (PCGamesN)

  • Next DLC expected early 2020

Nintendo held a direct on Wednesday solely focusing on Mario Maker 2 (Nintendo)

Naughty Dog wraps filming, closing development on The Last of Us 2 (Playstationenthusiast)

GTA V sold over 110 million copies and RDR2 sold over 24 million copies (rockstarintel.com)

Raising Kratos debuted on Youtube earlier, watch it, its a pretty honest look at the dev process

Skull and Bones, Ubisofts version of Sea of Thieves, has been delayed indefinitely (IGN)

Ubisoft latest earnings call say 4 AAA games will release by end of this fiscal year (GameSpot)

  • One of these games is Ghost Recon Breakpoint and the others are unknown

Hunt: Showdown available on Xbox One as a beta play-test, available until May 20th

  • Spots are limited and first come, first serve

Upcoming Releases and Deals

The Epic Store is having its first mega sale similar to Steam seasonal sales (Kotaku)

  • The sale is called the Epic Mega Sale and started yesterday and runs until June 13
  • This sale comes more than a month before Steam launches their Summer Sale
  • Some Notable Mentions
    • Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek 4.99 (was 29.99)
    • Ashen 19.99 (was 39.99)
    • WWZ 19.99 (was 34.99)

The Steam Summer Sale starts June 25 1pm ET and ends about two weeks later (GameSpot)

Dauntless, Monster Hunter like action adventure, comes to consoles and Epic Store on May 21

Rumor Mill

Xbox Anaconda rumored to be priced at $500 (Brad Sams, MaDz Gaming)

Xbox Lockheart specs to be around half of Anaconda’s and priced from $300-350

  • To be about same power GPU wise as Xbox One X but with updated CPU and RAM

(Brad Sams, MaDz Gaming)

Gears 5 box art leaked w/ possible launch date to be September 10 (geracionxbox.com)

Red Dead 2 PC port in the works and likely to release this fall

Let’s Argue

With this new rumor, how do you release these consoles Staggered; by how much? Same time?

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