Sony to debut original TV show 'Powers' for PlayStation

Appealing to a gamer audience, the entertainment giant announces it's working on an original television series about a detective that solves crimes involving people with supernatural powers.

Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, introduces the PlayStation Now service at CES 2014. James Martin/CNET

Sony has been talking television over the last year and now it's becoming more clear what the company had it mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony is working on an original TV show called "Powers" that will be available on its PlayStation game console.

"It's about having a broad range of broadcast content to replicate the live TV experience," president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House told the Journal.

The show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV -- of "Breaking Bad" fame -- and will be available through the PlayStation Network, according to the Journal. This means that users will be able to stream the show directly to their console, just as they would Netflix or Hulu.

"Powers" will be a one-hour fantasy drama about people with supernatural powers. The protagonist of the series is a detective who solves crimes that involve people who have superhero capabilities. According to the Journal, "Powers" will appeal to gamers because it's a crime noir show about supernatural powers and police work.

"It overlays extremely well with the demographics of the PlayStation," CEO of Sony Entertainment Michael Lynton told the Journal.

While it's confirmed that Sony is bringing "Powers" to PlayStation, it's unclear when it will broadcast and how much it will cost viewers.

PlayStation is typically associated with gaming, but Sony has been talking up its TV future over the past few months. In January, the company announced that it's been working on a cloud-based TV service for the console. This service will allow people to access and watch live and recorded TV as well as on-demand content from streaming services like Netflix.

Sony's competitor Microsoft is also looking to bring more TV to its Xbox gaming consoles. Last May, Microsoft announced an agreement with Steven Spielberg to create a TV show based on the popular Halo game series. And while that show is yet to air, the company hinted in September that it is working on other TV shows exclusive to the Xbox One.

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Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.

 

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