Though Sony has been planning to add original programming to the PlayStation Network since announcing the production of “Powers” this past March, the show has finally been given a debut date. Set to premiere in December 2014, “Powers” will launch its first episode as a freebie for all PlayStation Network users in the US.
Executive producer Brian Michael Bendis announced news at Sony’s E3 event in LA this week. Bendis, who presented alongside Michael Avon Oeming, who co-wrote the graphic novel that the series is based on, also noted that the show’s whole season will be free for all US members of PlayStation Plus.
Although Sony originally developed the series for FX, “Powers” moved to PlayStation in an effort to encourage users to view the gaming console as more of a general entertainment network. Sony’s first original series for the console follows two detectives who investigate crimes involving “powers,” that is, beings in the original graphic novel’s world who have superhuman skills.
Meanwhile, Xbox is more than keeping up with its own original programming for the gaming console. The studio’s plans include an original TV series based on Microsoft’s “Halo” gaming franchise, which is set to premiere on the console in late 2015.
PlayStation’s other E3 announcements include the PlayStation TV mini-console, that will allow PS 4 users to play games and watch videos remotely from more than one home screen.