Sony is making its own original TV shows exclusively to be offered through its PlayStation 4 console.
This will be the first time any TV shows are exclusive to PS4.
Microsoft is also developing original shows for its Xbox One console, with the help of Steven Spielberg. Amazon and Netflix already make original shows for their TV and film streaming services – these include 'Alpha House' and 'House of Cards', respectively.
A one-hour supernatural drama series called 'Powers' will be first show up for streaming exclusively through Sony's console. It will be made available using the company's PlayStation Network service.
It will be produced by Sony's in-house studio, Sony Pictures Television, company execs told The Wall Street Journal.
The show centres on a detective who investigates crimes involving people who have special powers.
Sony is also in talks to offer a separate pay-TV service through PlayStation Network. This would offer traditional TV channels.
Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, said Sony chose 'Powers' instead of several other potential projects partly because it would resonate with gamers. "It overlays extremely well with the demographics of the PlayStation," he said.
Microsoft's Xbox One is positioned as an all-in-one entertainment hub, whereas the PS4 is seen as more of a pure games machine. Now it looks like Sony is trying to broaden the console's appeal beyond gamers.
Source The Wall Street Journal