PlayStation Team Blindsided by Sony, Microsoft Cloud-Gaming Partnership

Last week’s stunning announcement from Sony and Microsoft surprised everyone, including PlayStation.

PlayStation’s hardware and services make up a chunk of Sony’s profits, but that doesn’t mean their privy to all of the corporation’s important dealings. In a new report by Bloomberg, it appears that the entire PlayStation team was left in the dark about the Sony-Microsoft deal. Last week, both companies announced a joint-partnership that explores cloud-based solutions for gaming.

According to the report, negotiations began late last year after talks with Amazon fell through. Talks with Microsoft were held exclusively by Sony management in Tokyo. It remains unknown how this deal will effect services like PS Now, which Sony currently hosts in-house.

It’s important to note that the cloud gaming partnership has no effect on development of the next-gen console. The next PlayStation remains on track and likely launches next year.