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Microsoft Ponders PlayStation's Commitment to, Er, Television

Posted by Sammy Barker


Microsoft may be doing its best to refocus the Xbox One’s strategy on games, but it’s still quietly got television on the brain. Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg, entertainment executive Nancy ‘Next Water Cooler Moment’ Tellem questioned Sony’s commitment to original content, boasting that the Redmond-based firm has been working on it own programming for over a year and a half.

“Microsoft's dedicated a whole studio to support this kind of content development,” she said. “Original content is something that everyone's toying with right now. It's very unclear how committed they are to that on PlayStation.”

Well, the firm’s dedicated enough to confirm that its first show will be named ‘Powers’, an adaptation of the popular comic book series created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oemin. As mentioned earlier in the year, the source material follows a couple of homicide detectives, who are assigned cases involving people with superhuman abilities.

Microsoft’s own content is set to launch in June, starting with a street football show named ‘Every Street United’. Apparently it has dozens more projects in the works, though, including the previously revealed Halo adaptation, and a thriller series called ‘Humans’, which focuses on robot workers.

To be honest, we’re not convinced that original console programming is going to take off, so PlayStation’s slightly more cautious approach may pay off in the long run. Nevertheless, we’d be perfectly content with a series of PlayStation-themed reality show 'The Tester' every year. What more entertainment could you possibly need?


User Comments (20)



InsertNameHere said:

Sony has a lot more experience in this area, so I'm not worried about their level of commitment. I just hope Sony Pictures Animation gets in on the action and decide to finally make an Infamous, God of War, Jak & Daxter, Uncharted or Ratchet & Clank animated series.

If Sony really wants this to take off, then they'd be smart to approach Warner about funding the 3rd season of Young Justice.



Chris1975 said:

Um I bought my ps4 for next gen gaming full stop.

There is content galore out there just now, Netflix, Amazon, HBO and AMC all delivering powerful programming, enough to keep my brain ticking over between gaming.

Stick to what the ps4 was built for and primarily marketed at Games and Gamers.



Paranoimia said:

Personally, I'm about as concerned with Sony's commitment to original programming as I am with their commitment to ride-on lawnmowers. It's a games machine. Just keep the games coming.

I'm sure if it comes down to it, they can keep all their shows and movies exclusive to PSN for a while.



Cyrso said:

I don't really care for this stuff, I don't think it will be available in my country anyway. But indeed, offering more options in addition to games is never a bad thing.

I'm looking forward to the Ratchet & Clank movie.

And Sony Pictures Animation apparently have their hands full already, that's why they couldn't make the Ratchet movie.



rjejr said:

@BornOfEvil - "finally make an Infamous, God of War, Jak & Daxter, Uncharted or Ratchet & Clank animated series"

If you add in Sly Cooper I think you'ld have "Guardians of the Galaxy - The Animated Series". Oh, you said "or", never mind



InsertNameHere said:

@rjejr Was never really a big fan of the franchise, so I constantly forget about Sly. Now that you bring him up, though, I could get into a good Sly animated series.



banacheck said:

Microsoft lost it at E3 when thay announced there next-gen "game's console" with TV, then the famous question. What happens if someone doesn't have broadband? thay can buy an Xbox360, if anything Microsoft proved how out of touch thay where.



N711 said:

M$ has been a bit loud lately with their commitment and promises I just hope Sony remains relatively quiet I find 'commitment stuff' annoying



get2sammyb said:

@N711 Yeah, they're dominating the headlines at the moment, but it all seems like 'one step behind' stuff. It's great that they're responding to feedback, but I agree that action is more important. Though I guess they implemented Youtube uploads quicker than Sony, so that's something.



Carl-G said:

GAMES GAMES all i want
But saying that(i hate moaning) SONY are to SLOW at giving people what they want i think. Why is it taking soooooooooooo long to give us the features we want for??? I wouldn't even mind a Firmware update each month with just '1' good feature(will do) on it really. Like say Jan - MP3 playback, Feb - Folders, Mar - Resume Play(or whatever it's called) Apr - DLNA, May - It can make you a Cup of Tea...(o.k not that 1)
And now that i see the Xbox ONE gets upload games to YouTube now that really p***** me off :-/ Oh well.



thedevilsjester said:

@DaftPlayStation actually there is. When you divide your focus, and don't specialize, everything suffers. If Sony puts more money, more time, and more resources into non gaming areas, that's less that can be given to gaming. You end up with the "Jack of all trades, master of none." scenario.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

I have no interest in this rubbish. I pre record stuff and watch the odd thing on BBC iPlayer, as most TV is trash I'm not crying out for more of the same.



shingi_70 said:


Well it's more than that. Microsoft has been iterating on a software level much faster than Sony and even has a ongoing beta program to test new features.

Plus Microsoft has gotten a ton of good will not only on a gaming level but this years bukd caused a ton of buzz. We got confirmation that Windows/Windows phone apps will be able to run on the Xbox one with Khan Academy and Plex being first. Plus Cortana got rave reviews and the roadmap is to get it on the One by next year.

Plus the TV stuff is sounding good with a variety of shows to rival Netflix.

-Video game documentary series starting with ET.
-A series based on Nas when he was younger and making illmatic.
-Halo series
-A soccer ewlaity series
-A sketch comedy show by Sarah Silverman
-An anointed series by Seth green.

I mean Netflix is probably the strong best at this right now and they're putting out TV better than dedicated content creators.

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