Xbox Originals Coming this June to your Xbox

Today we’ve announced the list of projects slated for the Xbox Originals program. Including details on the documentary that was behind this weekend’s discovery of the Atari E.T. games in a desert landfill.  Starting this June, you’ll have more reasons to love your Xbox: Xbox Originals – premium dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, unscripted shows, and live events. Available only on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, every Xbox Original will offer interactive capabilities, as well as unique interactive features customized on a per-show basis, making it a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Committed Projects

“Halo” television series
The “Halo” television series is a groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television.

“Every Street United”
“Every Street United” is an unscripted series of eight, thirty-minute episodes and a one-hour finale, featuring legendary soccer players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids, focused on the global search for soccer’s most gifted and undiscovered street stars scouted across eight countries (United States, England, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Ghana and South Korea). The series culminates this July in a 4v4 street game finale in the shadow of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

Each episode will feature unique and incisive narratives about the grassroots street stars and the communities that shaped them. Industry veteran and eight-time Emmy-Award winning producer, director, writer and editor Jonathan Hock (“Streetball,” “30 for 30: The Best That Never Was”) is directing the series. Emmy-Award winning producer Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media are executive producing. Professional soccer luminaries, Henry and Davids, will serve as coaches for the 4v4 street game in Rio. “Every Street United” will premiere in June 2014. All episodes will be available through Xbox Video for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8 (PC and Surface) and Windows Phone 8.

Bonnaroo
Xbox owners around the globe can experience the magic of the 13th annual Bonnaroo music and arts festival with a live concert destination on Xbox Live Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15, 2014, brought to viewers in partnership with Superfly Presents. With the Bonnaroo app, fans can enjoy live music like never before, with a virtual experience featuring the best performances, multiple stages, biggest artists and amazing SuperJams, and explore this year’s lineup to see the best of Bonnaroo’s past with exclusive performances. Fans can also join the conversation with fellow virtual-Bonnaroovians and get connected to their friends and the festival. Xbox is the exclusive broadcasting partner for Bonnaroo and the only location to get all of the interactive features.

“Signal to Noise”/“Atari: Game Over”
Xbox is creating a new six film documentary series, “Signal to Noise,” (working title) with two-time Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”) and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”), through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox. The series will expose little known stories of how modern technology has radically altered the way we interact with our world.

The first installment, “Atari: Game Over” (working title), explores the fabled Atari mystery, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” As the legend goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. Fuel Entertainment then brought the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios. The team will head to the landfill in question to determine if the story is true, interviewing a cast of characters related to the game and its mystery along the way. “Atari: Game Over” is directed by writer/director Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” and “Incident at Loch Ness”). It will air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in 2014.

“Humans”
“Humans” is a bold new drama co-produced with UK broadcaster Channel 4. Award-winning UK production company Kudos (“The Hour,” “Utopia,” “Broadchurch”) will produce the hour-long, eight-episode series, which will share a premiere broadcast window on the Xbox platform and Channel 4 in the UK in 2015.

Executive produced by Jane Featherstone (“Life on Mars,” “Broadchurch”) and Derek Wax (“The Hour,” “Sex Traffic”), and written by British writing team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” “Spooks: The Greater Good”), “Humans” is an English-language adaptation of Sveriges Television and Matador Film’s acclaimed Swedish series, “Real Humans.” “Humans” is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences. Casting for “Humans” will begin in May 2014, and production will commence later this summer.

“Halo” digital feature
343 Industries and Scott Free Productions are creating a “Halo” digital feature to be released later this year. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Heroes”) will direct.

Projects in Development

“Deadlands”
Xbox Entertainment Studios has committed to a script based on the successful pen-and-paper role playing game created by Shane Lacy Hensley. “Deadlands” is a genre-bending alternative history of the Weird West, filled with undead gunfighters, card-slinging sorcerers, mad scientists, secret societies, and fearsome abominations.

“Extraordinary Believers”
Xbox Entertainment Studios is developing an innovative, hybrid stop-motion show dubbed “Extraordinary Believers” (working title) with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, creators of the Emmy-Award winning “Robot Chicken,” the longest running stop-motion show on television. The executive producers on the project are Seth Green, Matt Senreich, and creators/writers/executive producers are Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV.

“Fearless”
“Fearless,” (working title) is an unscripted series currently in pilot production starring Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor who takes on an adrenaline-fueled quest to aid individuals who risk their lives to make the world a better place. “Fearless” will be produced by Australia’s International Emmy-Award winning production company, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ).

“Gun Machine”
Xbox Entertainment Studios acquired the rights to “Gun Machine,” a hardboiled detective thriller based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Warren Ellis. Ellis will executive produce with Brett Conrad (“The Killing,” “Sons of Anarchy,” Netflix’s upcoming “Marco Polo”) who has signed on to write the pilot script about a detective tracking a serial killer who is tied to a mysterious collection of guns used in infamous New York murders.

Untitled JASH Comedy/Variety Half Hour
In this unique comedy format developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios with JASH (a comedy collective founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric and Reggie Watts), the biggest names in comedy will showcase the people that make them laugh. Each week, a different comedian will host/curate a show featuring new and unsung talent, in various video formats. Sarah Silverman will host the pilot episode and Daniel Kellison (“Late Night/Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Crank Yankers”) will executive produce. The series has a pilot commitment and will begin shooting in June.

“Winterworld”
Xbox Entertainment Studios and IDW Entertainment are co-developing a limited event live-action series based on Chuck Dixon and artist Jorge Zaffino’s seminal graphic novel series “Winterworld,” in which our world has been encased in ice from pole-to-pole. The surviving humans have formed tribes that war, enslave and trade with one another in an effort to survive the infinite winter. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and Rick Jacobs and Dave Alpert from Circle of Confusion (“Walking Dead”) will executive produce.

More details on Xbox Wire

Comments

  • evilfangs .

    Unless they’re including with my Gold membership then I’ll pass. I get all my TV and movies for free, power of the internet.

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    • Gazza!!!

      Was just about to ask the same question, they really need to be included with Gold rather than exclusive to Gold.

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  • Richard

    This is cool but I’m disapointed. I first thought this article was talking about the ‘xbox original games’. And then I saw Halo, but soon realized these are all films. Still awesome but wow.

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  • Guest

    Am I the only one that just wants to play game’s on my console, I feel as though all this time, money and effort spent on creating television series and “original” programming on a game console is a waste on resources and talent that could be spent on creating games that one would want to play on a game console.

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    • Shomberlon

      I disagree, not one person involved in making games will be involved in making a TV show. It is therefore not a waste of talent, if anything it is a chance for someone to show what they can do that might not get a chance on regular TV. My only hope is that it’s the same quality of programmes that Netflix and Amazon Prime have with their original series.

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      • elMORRO

        They could have been pumping all those millions of cash money into forming new promising game studious and developing new exclusive AAA IP’s, instead of spending their money on the periphery features that would never be supported in most countries of the world, which would still be charged for them as a part of the product & service.

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    • Michael Košut

      If you want just games there’s Ps ….but….without games lol. Xbox was always about everything multimedia related with main focus on games. Deal with it or leave it😉

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      • mauszx

        SO everyone is ignoring the indie titles or what?

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      • Shakeslikecrazy

        If people buy a console for indie games that will almost always be better and cheaper on PC, then they are really desperate.
        I’m not saying all indie games are junk, that would be a lie as there are a few gems out there, but Sony’s raking in the shovelware just so they can have more titles.

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      • mauszx

        Yeah indies don’t sell consoles, but the point here is ps4 doesn’t have games and it does. Yeah most of the indie are in PC as well, but if you ask me, i rather buy those games on a console than a PC, that said I wouldn’t buy a console for indie games, but once I have the console, yeah I would buy the indies on a console, because i preffer playing on a console.

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    • Michael Burden

      If you want a console that only plays games, you have several options: Atari VCS/2600, 5200, 7800, Jaguar, Intellivision, Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, N64, Gamecube, Sega Master System, Genesis, 32x – pretty much everything else has other multimedia or computing functions with gaming as well (left off Colecovision because you could turn it into an Adam computer with add-ons, making it more than a games console).

      ALL of SONY’s game products have multimedia functions – CD playback, DVD/BluRay playback, and streaming apps. And in case you haven’t heard, SONY is prepping their own TV program options as well so don’t pretend like the PS4 is only a game console.

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      • mauszx

        Sony has TV already man, just like music and other things, you know breaking bad? that is from sony. The new Spiderman movie? Sony, they can work on making an app for streaming their programs and that will not take a lot of time and money from sony because they have already working with tv, music and movies. While MS has never worked in that, this means a lot of money that could be into xbox for games will be for tv.

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      • Shakeslikecrazy

        Yeah, Spider Man should return to Marvel so it can be integrated into the awesome cinematic universe as Sony’s really milking the franchise with poor results. They already did a trilogy less than a decade ago and even had to use its font for the PS3. That’s how pathetically original Sony is and ASM2 doesn’t look that great.

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      • mauszx

        Poor results? The first trilogy of spiderman made them a TON of money, yeah those movies were just good for the visuals, but I blame Toby Maguire. That said in my opinion the last 2 movies have been great, so even if you said they should return they are still making that movie. Also that was an example saying that sony has been on the tv and movie business for a long time, meaning they won’t changes their focus on games because they don’t need to, they are not saying TV is the future or anything.

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  • http://www.trueachievements.com/Samba+P.htm Andreas

    As a big Henry and Davids fan I’m really looking forward to “Every Street United” and as a Swede I have heard some good stuff about Humans. But yeah this needs to be included in the Gold membership.

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  • Some guy

    For a second I thought it meant full Xbox original games backward compatibility and had a glimpse of hope that MS finally came to its senses.
    Should have seen it coming, I’m out of here.

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    • Michael Košut

      They are probably working on it. I just can’t have everything now, patience is a virtue.

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    • andy

      But but but they are listening right? They added a standard battery indicator so they are listening right, RIGHT???

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    • dibils

      ahm i dont want xbox original games, i hate all these backwards looking gamers

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      • Professor Oak

        Um backwards gamers? Are you saying it is wrong to want to play classics?

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    • Does Not Equal

      Bye!

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  • Matthew Bunton

    What about those outside of the US?

    Also will there be additional costs to us associated with these titles?

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    • Shomberlon

      As they’ll be owned by Microsoft I don’t think the same rules apply like they do with things owned by companies such as HBO. Microsoft can distribute the content worldwide and not be restricted to the same licencing because it’s going on the xbox, not to other channels.

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  • Jorge Garza

    I wonder if this is going to be free for Xbox Live Gold members…

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  • Danny Hogan

    How much is this gonna cost me?

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  • Some guy

    There’s rumors that the 2nd GwG of may will be Dust: An Elysian tale.
    For those who never heard of it, the game was on sale for 3$ 2 months ago.
    Why MS think putting a game on sale a few months before giving it for free is a good idea for the customer.(Because I’m sure not having to give it to free for those who bought it last sale make MS more then happy) Or maybe they just don’t care at this point?

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    • vai_levar_no_cu

      so far you only have rumors to be upset about. wait & see

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    • Does Not Equal

      What does this have to do with the Xbox original programming?

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      • Some guy

        People ask what is the next GwG because MS is too lazy to tell us so someone has to do it.

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      • Does Not Equal

        I don’t think anyone actually HAS to do it. Just wait the few days.

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      • Some guy

        People might buy the game before the GwG, it’s not a fun thing to do.

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      • Does Not Equal

        Again, patience.

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      • Professor Oak

        Again, stop telling people what they can and cannot post, this is a blog for OPEN discussion

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      • Does Not Equal

        Where’s it say that?

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      • Professor Oak

        “What does this…”

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      • Does Not Equal

        Meaningless. Now show me where I told you what you could do.

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      • Professor Oak

        Im done arguing with someone who doesn’t know what he is talking about, good day sir. You Does Not Equal anything to me sir

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  • Bush

    The “Halo” television series

    i thought this would be a good idea a few years ago but after watching Forward Unto Dawn not so much. it was great until the chief showed up. cringe worthy tv at it’s best. he looked stupid running around. better off keeping him in games or CGI movies. not live action films.

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    • Shomberlon

      I’d rather it be set in the Halo universe than centred around Master Chief.

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      • Bush

        and CGI at that. honestly the chief just looks plain wrong for live action. it will be even worse if they use the dude bro cast of Halo4 i hated every single one of those.

        with Spielberg on board it is going to be about some annoying children.

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  • Professor Oak

    Is this to be exclusive to Xbox one, I sure hope not… I would love to see the Halo series on my 360, Forward unto Dawn wasn’t bad, it just really seamed under funded.

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    • vai_levar_no_cu

      as said in the beginning, its coming to every xbox device

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      • Professor Oak

        Someone did not read the bottom line before commenting

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  • The Yankee

    “I’m I the only one who wants to play games on my console???” Really? So you’re saying your Xbox one doesn’t play games? Weird the PS4 was slates last E3 as “the console built by gamers for gamers” …6 months into the next gen console yet the “TV console” has more exclusives titles. PS4 has about 90% of the video apps and movie watching capabilities along why SONY STUDIOS and yet Sony still pulls the wool over all these “gamers” as the console for “gamers”… Keep drinking the kool-aid…

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    • WARLORD

      I think you have been drinking the koll-aid lol. Currently PS4 has 61 different game you can play along with 17 apps for video, Xbox one has 40 different game and 21 app for video.

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      • The Yankee

        What part of EXCLUSIVES did you not understand?

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      • WARLORD

        I was manly commenting on your rant of ”
        PS4 has about(( 90%)) of the video apps” my point was PS4 has barley %20 video apps compared to game available and xbox one has %50 compared to game available.

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      • The Yankee

        17 to 21 and you get 20%? Not only can’t you read but, I see your math skills are terrible as well…move along…your skills at posting a comment are prepubescent at best…go play Knack or Kiilzone I’m sure the servers are missing their idiot…

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      • ElektroDragon

        You need to stop.

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      • The Yankee

        You need to go F@$k yourself…

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      • ElektroDragon

        So first you say that my “ability to retort on comments comes with a rather monosyllabic tone”. Then YOU come back with THIS? Priceless.

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      • Does Not Equal

        Technically, “yourself” has two syllables.

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      • WARLORD

        I’m good I’d rather play the not so exclusives title Titianfall on my PC.

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    • mauszx

      Are we talking console exclusives (by that I mean not counting PC) or are we talking Exclusives Exclusives like “this game is only on this console or company” Because even if you count only exclusives exclusives I think they are almost tied, if not sony winning by a little bit.

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  • http://www.yakkowarner.com/ Yakko Warner

    The Engadget article says “The only certainty right now is that all Xbox Live Gold members will get all Xbox Entertainment Studios content for free”, but I haven’t seen their source for this. Has there been an official announcement?

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    • Marcus Roof

      if they force an extra fee for these, literally no one would pay it…

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  • Death Dealer

    Wait, you’re calling it Xbox Originals? Are you sure you want to call it that after all MS’ other confusing naming conventions as Xbox Originals are mostly known as the Original Xbox games available on Xbox Live?

    Anyway, bring it on!

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    • roozbeh, again

      Microsoft aren’t known for their product naming.

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    • BobTheBus

      Thats the same thing I thought when I read “Xbox Originals Coming this June to your Xbox” I imagined they were opening up there back catalog for digital purchase on Xbox.

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  • CDMAss

    Oh please!!! Always game first?? Have you forgot what you’ve just said last month??? Another huge wrong direction…….

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    • roozbeh, again

      Does games first necessarily mean no video content? Sony is doing the same. What is different about this?

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      • CDMAss

        The difference is Sony has gamesssss.

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      • roozbeh, again

        And MS doesn’t? Hell, I’d go as far to say that MS has better games.

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      • Some guy

        Yea they have Ryse, Loco Cycle, Fighter within and rushed games everywhere but it’s still better then Knack.

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      • mauszx

        Are we talking XboxOne PS4 or are you considering 360 and Ps3?
        Because ps3 has clearly more games and better games in general. Now in this generation I think the games are ever, the best game for PS4 has been infamous, followed by Killzone probably, while the best for Xbone is PVZ Garden Warfare followed by probably titanfall. That said the worst game on those consoles is clearly Fighter Within probably followed by the other kinect game.

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      • Michael Košut

        Actually you are wrong because x360 has more exclusives than ps3. Check out some list.

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      • CDMAss

        lol

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      • mauszx

        Maybe on the indie arcade side, and that’s a maybe, because ps3 has a lot of those. On the retail version ps3 has a lot more. Remember most of the exclusives for 360 were just time exclusives. Maybe with some of the god awful kinect games the 360 had more games, but even at that if we talk about quantity/quality ps3 has a full library while the 360 sadly the last 3 or 4 years were awful to mediocre with the exception of Reach.

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      • roozbeh, again

        PS4 vs XO.

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      • Michael Košut

        LOL.

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      • Xhawk27

        Yeah sure it does! haha

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    • Michael Košut

      Are you serious? I can’t…. It’s a right direction they made with One, they have EVERYTHING. Oh hell, even when you want exclusives now what’s the best Ng console for them? Right, Xbox One. 10+ exclusives. PS4: 4 exclusives. Go figure out.

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  • John Smith

    I didn’t have high hopes for the idea of MS TV, but some of these look interesting. I await this with cautious optimism.

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  • CDMAss

    WOW this company~ totally unbelievable!!! just how many mistake you need to wake yourself up??

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    • Does Not Equal

      How is adding original programming to their existing divisions a mistake?

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    • Xhawk27

      Sony is doing the same.

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  • ryder4life22187

    Here I thought when I read Xbox originals that MS was actually focusing on games for a change but guess not more tv stuff

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    • mauszx

      I was thinking the same, then I said “maybe they are announcing games and tv…. NOPE. To be fair, this things have been on production for a long time, so even if now they will be focusing in games they can’t just throw this to the garbage.
      That said the fact that the Blacktusk studio or whatever the name of that “new studio” is making a new Gears of wars really disappointed me, I thought they will have some new game, new idea, new color for crying out loud, I know Gears are good games, but I feel games are like songs, maybe is a good song, but if you listen to that song in every place you are, odds are you are going to hate the song.

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  • deadbox102

    I’m looking forward to these, unless MS tacks on another fee to view them. Please get the external storage support finished soon and don’t let up on bringing digital 360 games to the One.

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  • roozbeh, again

    Really got to pick up the pace MS, these should have been ready on launch.

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  • Legion

    These will be free to stream for paying Xbox Live members, right? If MS is really trying to create a better value for those with Xboxes, then I hope that would mean that these shows are available to Gold members paying for the Xbox Live service.

    This is a cool opportunity. If it doesn’t go well, MS wasted time it could have used to make better games. If it is a success, then MS will have a great platform to stand on in saying that the Xbox One is a must-own console as this generation of console heads to the future. Time will tell.

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    • Beluvius

      i highly doubt this wiil be free to stream . Most probably you have to pay for it seperatly…

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    • John Smith

      I would be really surprised if MS charged extra for this as that would appear to be gouging. I would expect this to be included with Live and be used to help sell the console and Live service.

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      • Professor Oak

        I hope it will be free w/gold, xbox music should be free w/ gold as well

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      • teethintored

        You would be surprised? Really?

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  • ElektroDragon

    So you decided that the best way to compete in the video game market was by becoming HBO and MTV combined? REALLY?

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    • The Yankee

      Awesome!! You win for the least original comment…So how high is the bridge you live under? Is there other trolls nearby?

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      • ElektroDragon

        The correct usage is “are there any trolls near by”. As for your question, underneath the bridge the tarp has sprung a leak and the animals I’ve trapped have all become my pets.

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      • roozbeh, again

        That is a lot of pet food.

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      • The Yankee

        Please stop… I don’t want to get reported for picking on the anyone who can’t defend themselves. Your ability to retort on comments come with a rather monosyllabic tone. I bid you good day sir…I hope one day the helmet you wear is just by doctor’s order by rather by fashion sense…

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      • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

        Loved it. best comment ever. It’s okay to eat fish cuz they don’t have any feelings.

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  • Miles Taven

    All you complaining, go do one. Xbox is NOT just a gaming system, this doesn’t mean that it’s detracting from games ect. You’re all so close minded.

    Looking forward to some of this because video games isn’t the only medium I’m interested in funnily enough.

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  • Beluvius

    ok, and now pls tell us: how much of this will be available outside the USA and how will be available in other languages than english… and don’t forget to mention the price tag…

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    • Death Dealer

      I’m sure they will be (would like some clarification as well), but I guess they will all be subtitled if they are.

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    • Michael Košut

      They better have subtitles for every country where One is ( including new countries this September).

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  • Michael Shelburne

    All I needed to know is that the Halo TV show was coming. Now I know. Love you Xbox. Love you.

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