Xbox TV boss says PlayStation's TV commitment is 'unclear'

Nancy Tellem says "everyone's toying with" original content

PlayStation Network's TV offerings are not a competitive threat to Xbox's original programming, Xbox Entertainment Studios boss Nancy Tellem has said.


Tellem told Bloomberg that Xbox Entertainment Studios has been working for a year and a half on creating its content, which is set to debut in June.

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

Sony's first show will be based on 'Powers', a comic series created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oemin. The source material follows homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are tasked with dealing with cases involving people with superhuman or supernatural abilities.

Tellem said that the array of franchises available to her studio as a part of Microsoft was a "wonderful discovery" when she first arrived.

"Whether it's from a game like Fable, or Age of Empires, or Gears of War, or Forza... or Halo," Tellem said. "These are things that, frankly if we weren't attached to Microsoft, everyone would yearn to have. It's an amazing platform to work from."

Announced alongside Xbox One in May 2013, the Halo TV show is set to go into production via a new partnership between development group 343 Industries and producer Steven Spielberg. District 9 director Neil Blomkamp will reportedly direct the series' pilot episode.