The Tester

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?

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