Microsoft exploring "hundreds" of Xbox One TV show ideas

Corporate vice president Phil Spencer says team is incubating numerous ideas for original programming, announcements coming "pretty soon."

Microsoft is currently exploring "hundreds" of concepts for original Xbox One TV programming, corporate vice president Phil Spencer told Bloomberg in a new interview.

"They have literally hundreds of ideas that they are incubating right now," Spencer said from the 2013 Tokyo Game Show. "We will have some new announcement for TV shows coming pretty soon."

Separately, Spencer told Reuters that Microsoft is "very close" to announcing some of these initiatives. He described these as "Nancy projects," referencing former CBS Television Studios president Nancy Tellem, who was brought on last year to lead a Los Angeles production studio creating "interactive and linear content for Xbox and other devices."

Some of the Xbox One-exclusive TV content in development will be unrelated to games, Spencer said. However, he explained, "I do think there will be a certain level of interactivity to what we do."

The only Xbox One TV programming announced thus far is the Halo show produced by Saving Private Ryan director Steven Spielberg and the upcoming Quantum Break show that will tie in to the game.

The Xbox One launches in 13 territories across the world on November 22 for $500.

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1558 comments
gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

I really wish Microsoft would stop wasting money on TV shows that are exclusive to XB1..  If they want to make TV shows great.. get them sold to TV networks and make money from them.. they are not going to generate significant console sales.

I like the potential TV (HTPC) features of the XB1, but I really don't need special programming to help me enjoy it more.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Lmfao. This was just announced. PS 4 only has 6 cores not 8 and only 4.5gbs of ram. Source is from http://ps4daily.com/2013/07/playstation-4-os-uses-3-5-gb-of-ram/ and in live demo it froze because it's not as powerful as they thought http://n4g.com/news/1359366/ps4-fails-to-respond-during-a-live-broadcast-on-japanese-tv-awkwardness-and-hilarity-ensue . Lmfao another update. Clearly states PS4 has same or less power the the X1. I'm loving this http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-ps3-system-software-memory

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

Microsoft clearly has a mountain to climb to deliver on its promises for Kinect, TV and other services for Xbox One around the world. On one hand, it's great to see such ambition, and even if it's lacking some of the aspects promised by Microsoft's marketing machine, Xbox One will have a suite of fantastic functionality out of the gate. On the other, Xbox One is going to have a heavily fragmented global feature set for years to come, which could potentially harm it in the eyes of consumers who buy into Microsoft's vision. ( true dat)

Blazen702
Blazen702

Gotta love the X1 bashers how they applause the PS4/Viacom deal but the X1 has 100x the media content and better deals media wise and the Sony fanboys bash it. Sony fans keep asking what about the games? The 360 won the current gen war here in the US so they know what they are doing game wise and don't have to prove anything there to us buying the X1 cause we already know we will get the best quality product on the market with the best support and usually first/exclusive DLC. If you read hotchips.com article about the X1 specs you'll realize the X1 will have as much power and even better specs in certain aspects then the PS4. Plus killzone and lil big planet do nothing for me and X1 games are what I want. Titanfall halo Deadrising 3 Kinect sports Ryse killer Instinct etc etc. game over.

jon_bone
jon_bone

Gotta love the focus on games.

OldKye
OldKye

I was starting to get worried with all this game/consumer input talk good too know we are still focused on TV.

myungish
myungish

Just focus on games, M$.

Ayebang
Ayebang

I heard ps 4 woek hard to launch its programme, too. However, it take longer due to budget cut in development.

For now, they are correcting its os error, particularly online system for ps 4

bluespire1
bluespire1

Who the BLEEP Cares really for me this is a gaming console impress me with games Spencer.

SirToxe
SirToxe

I don't care about your water cooler shows, Nancy.

hotcheese0
hotcheese0

Why not just connect a Raspberry Pi / Apple TV / Chrome Cast or Mac Mini to your TV instead? All of them contain more features than the Xbox One and are completely ad-free.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I've got some ideas too, let's throw them in here and check back in a few months how many of them have become reality :

- time limited pay per camera view during sports events
- per hour subscription service for less / different commercials
- countless minitransaction services
- audience targeted product placements, powered by Kinect spycam
- pay per person in the room movie rental / streaming
- ...

Not to forget the added bloat of social media integration for which you require a Gold Membership subscription and other nonsense "features".

I still can't imagine sane people buying that "console" because of not even a handful of time limited "exclusive" titles and even less permanent exclusive titles.

smoke1125
smoke1125

if anyone really think the current leader of this gen is not gonna give games then theres something wrong with the way your thinking

steelmouth
steelmouth

just imagine if MS was exploring hundreds of Xbox One games, we would be dusting ass with the PS4 in the comments section

borgking1234
borgking1234

Microsoft exploring "hundreds" of Xbox One TV show ideas more like thousands tv shows staring Xbone owners on kinect more realistic than any other show with heart rate  reading

SeanD1972
SeanD1972

TV console ....

Eh I guess I should be happy if they are at least trying to bring some better shows to tv cuz honestly what is on regular cable from the big networks is often quite terrible.

- DeViLzzz

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

How about a Halo cooking show?

Starring Master Chief as Master Chef!!

.... U welcome :)

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

They should do a documentary detailing how stupid Don Mattrick was for his "awesome" policies that were since overridden due to massive public outrage. It would need to open with "the internet spent a year hating the idea when it was merely a rumor."

They could call the feature "Donny and the clone-asaurus."

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

And will this content be available anywhere outside of North America? :/

nychao
nychao

Get the rights and bring back Alphas

AceJakk
AceJakk

Hundreds.  The first fifty are Halo related.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

But but......XBONE is the best one period.......they have cloud (limited by user bandwidth), Ryse (upscaled HD), Titanfall (PC), forza (the drivevatars), the games are full HD (run around the 30FPS instead of 60FPS).....and they are working on games only (see article above)

they wouldn't dare to lie 

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@GhostofWar75 

you should see what sony's doin. i assume you'll be gettin a wii u, then? y'know, to get away from all this tv.

gamespotpanayis
gamespotpanayis

@Blazen702 Why do you think it needs more than 6 cores and 4.5 - 5.5 GB RAM?

Both sound like plenty to me... 2GB for video, 2.5Gb for general memory and six processor cores sounds like overkill at the moment.. but I guess they will eventually be used to their fullest potential eventually.

The limit of 1080p means that these requirements are not going to feel restrictive for the next few years I think.

Ayebang
Ayebang

@MAGIC-KINECT What a joke ?

The fact that you mentions are ps 4 cannot deliver the same thing that xb 1 can.

Another fact is that there are no other fucntions that ps 4 can and xb 1 cannot for gamers sir.

Martyr77
Martyr77

@Blazen702 LOL what a joke. Did you even see about the developers who commented that the PS4 runs about 40 percent faster than the Xbox One. The specs CLEARLY show PS4 is superior in just about every way.

obsequies
obsequies

@Blazen702 love how microsoft bashing equals sony fanboyism. Can tell how long you've been into the industry. 

Ayebang
Ayebang

@jon_bone what is the real functions that ps 4 is for the gamers ?

Nothing sir.

zintarr
zintarr

@SeanD1972Do you really think MS would have better shows? I already gave up on cable long ago.

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

@Ayebang @MAGIC-KINECT  That quote ISN'T MINE ma'am. 

I don't give a f*uck about a ton of non gaming functions. You can enjoy 100 bullshit added "functions" on xbone. I don't need or want them. I want to play games on a console. I have or can use all of the other BS functions on my pc. I don't want to chat/twitch/dance with my console (kinect). Just games ma'am. :)

schmity1978
schmity1978

@Martyr77 @Blazen702 well PS 3 has better specs then the 360, but PS 3 has a hard time play games like Skirim and looks the same as 360. It's not about the specs it's about how the soft wear is written and how it works with the OS and the PS 4 uses 3.5 GB of Ram at lunch which means in time it will go to 3.6- 3.7 and even to 4.0, with all the updates it is going to get and Sony has a shit OS and Shit PSN and that is a fact.

Ayebang
Ayebang

@Martyr77 @Blazen702 Like ps 3 or not ?

ps3's spec sheet is better than xb 360's but the real product is not. Even, online system is still not on par with xb Live, too. 

Ayebang
Ayebang

Ohhhhh

You got to buy xb1, then. Why?

Xb 1 give you he ultimate gaming experience, particularly xb Live.

Furthermore many exclusive studio of Microsoft will make use of Kinect and it's voice recognition technology sooner or later.

Prepare yourself for it's upcoming excitement.

schmity1978
schmity1978

@obsequies @schmity1978 @Martyr77 @Blazen702 lmao get a life kid you are a dumb dumb, so the OS doesn't  matter lmfao. you think that writing a game for the PS 3 six years old is hard? you are a DUMB DUMB, the problem for the PS 3 is it RAM and OS that eat up to much of it's power that when playing Skirim with to many save the PS 3 RAM and OS could't handle it you F....ing DUMB DUMB. do you know how RAM works with the OS? DUMB dumb if it is too much it lag it down what Skrim did. LMFAO

obsequies
obsequies

@schmity1978 @Martyr77 @Blazen702 PC ports had nothing to do with how the software was written on ps3. You know nothing. The 360 was a dumped down closed pc platform and the ps3 was more of a stand alone console as it was harder to write for. This is a simple explanation. get your shit right before you open your trap.