Today, Microsoft detailed its first slate of Xbox original programs. When can you expect the first one? June. Microsoft promises to deliver premium dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, unscripted shows and live events with its Xbox Originals program.

Well, at least the Xbox Live subscription is getting some added value. As of now, you get multiplayer and access to paid apps.

Microsoft and its Xbox Entertainment Studios has already attracted some heavyweights from the entertainment industry. Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott have joined up with Xbox for two projects based on the “Halo” franchise. Others games such as Gears of War, Fable and Forza could also get the TV treatment. So far, only Halo has been announced.

“We are developing premium, original content for the Xbox community which is an audience we are incredibly respectful of,” said Nancy Tellem, President of Xbox Entertainment Studios. “We believe Xbox Originals should embrace the way our fans think about traditional TV.”

Tellem knows a thing or two about TV entertainment. She used to be president of CBS Television Studios.

A blog post over at Xbox talked a bit about each confirmed project. The Halo TV series will be a live-action TV series with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer.

Can’t make the Bonnaroo music festival? Microsoft is bringing it to you this June.

Microsoft’s first documentary, “Atari: Game Over” will explore the urban legend surrounding Atari’s dumping of millions of video games in a landfill back in the early 80s. Turns out that wasn’t a legend after all.

You can check out the other projects Microsoft has planned over at their blog post.

It’s clear Microsoft is making a huge bet with entertainment. With a significant portion of the Xbox One dedicated towards entertainment, it’s good to see Microsoft pushing a ton of support for it. Plus, it helps justify an Xbox Live gold subscription.

What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s entertainment offerings? What would you like to see in the future?


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