Microsoft Has More Spielberg-esque Xbox One TV Content Deals in the Pipeline

By Gary Cutlack on at

Microsoft's astonishing decision to bankroll a Stephen Spielberg-produced Halo TV series will soon be joined by more telly content deals, with the Xbox One maker set to announce more exclusive shows to help push Xbox One and its entertainment hub ambitions later this year.

Microsoft Studios Vice President Phil Spencer said the tech giant is "very close" to announcing more exclusive TV content deals for Xbox One distribution, which should be revealed before the end of the year. The live action exclusives are most likely to be games-related spin-offs like Halo rather than standalone original dramas, although Spencer said there may be some TV content on the way that's not based on video game properties.

Spencer also hopes that other developers might follow Microsoft's lead in creating TV content based on their console titles, which could be rather interesting. Could Ubisoft make a Prince of Persia series? An EA-funded sports drama based around FIFA? [Reuters]