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Sony is working on original TV shows for the Playstation 4

The company plans to offer original TV content through its Playstation Network service.

Image: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

SONY IS FOLLOWING Netflix and Amazon by creating original TV programs for the Playstation 4 (PS4), as part of its plan to turn it into more than just a games console.

The electronics company plans to offer original TV content through Playstation Network, on top of an online pay-TV service it’s planning for the device, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The first show commissioned for the new format is an hour-long supernatural drama series called ‘Powers’. The series, based on a graphic novel about a detective who investigates crimes involving people with special powers, will be made available exclusively in the US and will be produced in-house by Sony Pictures TV.

While the show will be available in the US on Playstation, no release date has been given. The WSJ says that Sony will sell the rights overseas to other outlets, which it usually does with any TV show it produces.

Back in January, Sony announced it would be bringing a cloud-based live TV service to the console alongside its plan to stream classic Playstation games to the PS4, but it’s looking into other areas to generate revenue as it tries to reverse predicted losses of $1.1 billion this year.

Microsoft is also working on original programming, one of the first series will be a live-action version of Halo which will be directed by Stephen Spielberg, with the first one said to arrive sometime this year.

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