Microsoft is still yet to release dates on just when the company plans to release original series for Xbox One and 360 streaming, but it's hoped that the first batch of new shows will broadcast in the first half of 2014. Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital, Nancy Tellem spoke to Variety, stating that Microsoft is a different beast to the likes of Netflix and Amazon but they're working on it.
"We're hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter," said Tellem. "We aren't Netflix, we aren't Amazon, we're a different animal," which is a fair comment and we shouldn't expect Microsoft to rush out this new service before the company and teams are happy with the end result. Entertainment is a major selling point for the Xbox One, alongside gaming.
Tellem continues to explain that Microsoft's "here to support the artists and the talent. We don’t have the layers traditional media has. Our studio is very lean which allows us to be a lot more nimble and have a direct relationship with talent and help them realize their vision."
When the Xbox One was first revealed, a live-action Halo series produced by none other than Steven Spielberg was also announced as being one of the first shows. Since then, not much has been publicized about the series.
When it comes to your Xbox One, are you more interested in getting stuck into some gaming, or does media also take your fancy?