Sony first announced at the 2014 E3 that it would be developing the first original TV series exclusively for the PlayStation console.
Coincidence that months before Microsoft announced it’s plans for creating and releasing at least a dozen TV shows for its Xbox console? Probably not. The difference is that Microsoft abandoned its attempt. Sony has not.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is already a multi-billion dollar movie and television company and now they’ll be taking their distribution duties a step further by releasing “Powers” on the PlayStation console.
This takes the next-gen console to a whole new level.
Instead of just competing with Microsoft and Nintendo in the gaming industry, Sony will be jumping into unknown territory competing with services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon that also provide original series'.
This is a giant leap of faith by Sony, using “Powers” as their flagship television series for PlayStation and PlayStation Plus members. The actual budget of the series hasn’t been released but it’s said to be in the neighborhood of $2-$4 million per episode, which is comparable to Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black’s” $4 million per episode budget.
The series, based off the graphic novel of the same name, has been in the works for 14 years. In 2001 it was originally going to be a film, then an FX series, then after shooting a pilot FX announced a rewrite and a reshoot, then abandoned it and now it has been taken completely over by Sony.
Even though it’s been riddled with re casts, re shoots, and re writes, Sony seems to have chosen “Powers” hoping it will appeal to gamers along with die hard comic book fans.
The show follows two homicide detectives working in a special division called “Powers” which investigates crimes involving superhumans. One of the detectives, Christian Walker, used to be a superhero but lost his powers.
Not only is Sony putting out the big bucks for their first PlayStation series, but you’ll see some big names involved. Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor, Susan Heyward and Michelle Forbes are among the stars.
Sony began releasing episodes of “Powers” to its PlayStation Plus members March 10. It's inaugural series will consist of 10 episodes, one new episode being released every Tuesday. So far it’s received mixed reviews.