Sony acquires video delivery AI company iSize
Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the UK-based AI firm for an undisclosed amount.
In a new press release, SIE stated that it intends to use the company's "significant expertise in applying machine learning to video processing" in its R&D efforts as well as its current streaming services. It's unclear how the technology will be used, but it might be put to use to reduce the amount of data required to stream not only TV and movies but also video games.
iSize was founded in 2016 and provides video delivery technology that offers bitrate savings, machine learning, and energy efficiency, as well as video processing that can remove compression artifacts and live photorealistic generative 2D/3D avatar technology using AI.
SIE CEO Jim Ryan confirmed earlier this year that the company had "aggressive plans'' to enter the cloud gaming space, and PlayStation Plus Premium members now have access to 4K cloud streaming for the service's selection of titles. Despite these developments, Sony has strangely decided to use the PS5's remote play feature rather than PS Plus for its upcoming PlayStation Portal handheld.
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