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The ambitious drama series produced by Sony Pictures Television will be available exclusively on the console, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House announced Monday night. Everyone will be able to watch the first episode of Powers for free via PlayStation Network, but only subscribers to the PlayStation Plus service will have access to the entire first season.
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton first hinted at original content plans for the video game console at last year’s E3 convention, saying that the goal was for the PlayStation to become a hub for TV content “tailored specifically for gamers.”
The company first announced Powers, a series based on the Brian Michael Bendis comic, in March this year. Bendis, also a series executive producer, was onstage at the event to show off concept art for the series, which follows a detective who investigates cases that involve people with super powers. The project has been in development for years and at one point landed at FX. Network chief John Landgraf at the time called it “as difficult an adaptation as I’ve ever worked on.”
PlayStation revealed that in addition to TV it will debut exclusive feature films on the console starting with the animated Ratchet & Clank, which will premiere next year. It was a stark contrast from the Xbox presentation earlier in the day, which featured little news about Microsoft’s original series.
Sony also announced the PlayStation TV will be available in the United States, Europe and Canada this fall. The over-the-top device originally called the Vita TV will cost $99.
The two-hour presentation featured previews of a number of new games and included news that YouTube will finally be available as an app on the PlayStation consoles.
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