Microsoft announces exclusive TV service for Xbox.

Posted April 29, 2014 by Sam Liggett in Video Games

After last June’s TV-centric Xbox One reveal, Microsoft has revealed a new interactive TV service exclusive to Xbox and Microsoft devices. Premiering on consoles this summer, Xbox Originals will provide exclusive, original programming to customers. The shows will air on a year-round schedule, giving viewers an experience similar to traditional TV programs. With cinematic heavies like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott on board as executive producers, at least Microsoft’s  two “Halo” series are off to a promising start. Microsoft executives hope that this move will be an incentive to their customers “to make Xbox their all-in-one entertainment device.” In keeping with that inclination, they’re planning a wide variety of shows including a nine episode “unscripted series” about street soccer which will culminate in a 4 on 4 match in the shadow of this year’s world cup as well as a documentary series which will begin with an episode about the recently unearthed cache of Atari’s ET video game. Atari-Dig-Evidence-jpg The interactivity of the service will be put to the test in June when Microsoft broadcasts the art and music festival Bonnaroo. With a Bonnaroo app in the works, viewers will be able to connect with one another and get a comprehensive view of the festival. Other shows in the works span from a stop motion comedy a la RobotChicken to a dark drama about the realities of living with humanoid robots. With Xbox Originals premiering in a little over a month, we dont have long to wait to see how Microsoft does TV.

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Sam enjoys books and coffee (preferably in tandem) as well as card and board games. She lives in an attic and watches Pokemon (nearly) every day with her husband and their tiny human.