Starting this June, Microsoft will start offering Xbox Originals - dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, unscripted shows, and live events - on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices.
Every Xbox Originals show will offer interactive capabilities, as well as interactive features customized on a per-show basis, according to Microsoft.
Xbox Entertainment Studios has been working with Hollywood talent to develop its original programming slate, with names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott attached to two separate scripted projects based on the "Halo" franchise. Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary about the search for discarded Atari games in a desert landfill - which were unearthed yesterday in New Mexico - amongst several others.
"We are developing premium, original content for the Xbox community which is an audience we are incredibly respectful of," said Nancy Tellem, President of Xbox Entertainment Studios. "We believe Xbox Originals should embrace the way our fans think about traditional TV."
Xbox hopes that Xbox Originals will provide incentive for fans to make the Xbox their all-in-one entertainment device.
Here are some of the new shows coming on Xbox and other screens, starting this summer:
The "Halo" television series is an original series based on the "Halo" franchise. Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television.
"Every Street United" is an unscripted series of eight, thirty-minute episodes and a one-hour finale, featuring legendary soccer players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids, focused on the global search for soccer's most gifted and undiscovered street stars scouted across eight countries (United States, England, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Ghana and South Korea). The series culminates this July in a 4v4 street game finale in the shadow of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
Each episode will feature narratives about the grassroots street stars and the communities that shaped them. It will premiere in June 2014. All episodes will be available through Xbox Video for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8 (PC and Surface) and Windows Phone 8.
Xbox owners around the globe can experience the 13th annual Bonnaroo music and arts festival with a live concert destination on Xbox Live Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15, 2014. Xbox is the exclusive broadcasting partner for Bonnaroo.
Xbox is creating a new six film documentary series, "Signal to Noise," (working title) with producers Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox. The series will expose little known stories of how modern technology has altered the way we interact with our world.
The first installment, "Atari: Game Over" (working title), explores the fabled Atari mystery, dubbed "The Great Video Game Burial of 1983." As the legend goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. It will air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in 2014.
"Humans" is a new drama co-produced with UK broadcaster Channel 4. The hour-long, eight-episode series will share a premiere broadcast window on the Xbox platform and Channel 4 in the UK in 2015.
343 Industries and Scott Free Productions are creating a "Halo" digital feature to be released later this year. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker.
Other projects in development include "Deadlands" (based on the pen-and-paper role playing game), "Extraordinary Believers," "Fearless," "Gun Machine" and "Winterworld."