Sony has announced that they aquired iSIZE, an UK based company that focused on deep learning for video delivery.
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Earlier this year, Sony reportedly looking into strengthen it’s position in the sector, while Sony’s latest purchase isn’t a studio, the move could mark an interesting road ahead for the company’s gaming future.
Sony’s ambitious plans aren’t limited to acquiring promising studios, but also its technical competency. The PlayStation maker often hinted that fans could expect more cloud gaming capabilities with the then CEO even teasing aggressive plans on that front.
By August, Sony started beta testing 4K cloud gaming on the PS5 offering players titles like God of War Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, Fortnite, Destiny 2, and a few others to stream on its platform. Now, with the company’s latest announcement, it appears that Sony may be looking to deliver on its cloud gaming promise, particularly as interest continues to grow in the segment.
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In an official statement, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that it’s acquiring iSIZE, a UK based company that specializes in deep learning for video delivery. While it hasn’t disclosed the price, Sony claims that the acquisition would provide the company with “significant expertise in applying machine learning to video processing.”
The company expects this added expertise to build its R&D efforts along with it’s video and streaming services. Although Sony hasn’t specified how it plans to build its technical capabilities via iSIZE, the company’s statement strongly indicates that cloud gaming on PlayStation may get an upgrade in the coming future.
Sony’s growing investments in cloud gaming come as no surprise, especially after Microsoft recently completed the $68.7 billion Activision Blizzard acquisition. The Xbox maker finally purchasing Activision Blizzard meant that its deals with the likes of Nvidia, Nintendo, Boosteroid, and others also came into effect.
Part of this translates to opening up Xbox and Activision Blizzard titles to more platforms, especially cloud streaming. However, it remains to be seen how effective Sony’s own cloud gaming strategy is, and it probably won’t be the last time the company makes an acquisition to boost its technical competence.