Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced additional details about its first-ever PlayStation original series Powers on Monday at the annual E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles.
During a press conference, Powers executive producer Brian Michael Bendis — who, with Michael Avon Oeming, co-wrote the sci-fi graphic novel that the show is based on — revealed that when it debuts in December, the first episode will be available for free to every PlayStation Network user in the U.S. The entire series, however, will be available for free to all U.S. PlayStation Plus members.
Sony Pictures TV produced a pilot of Powers for FX before shifting the show to the PlayStation platform.
Microsoft’s rival Xbox Entertainment Studios has announced several original productions for its gaming/entertainment console, including the docu-drama series 13 Days of Blood and a series adaptation of the video game Halo, executive produced by Steven Spielberg that will debut in the fall of 2015.
At the E3 press conference, SCEA also announced that PlayStation TV will launch in the U.S., Canada and Europe this fall, with a price tag of $99.
Introduced in Japan last year, it is a “microconsole” that, when paired with a PlayStation 4, allows users to play games from the PS4 remotely on a second television and provides access to video and music streaming services. It will also be able to play games from PlayStation Now, along with most as PS Vita, PS One and PSP titles, which can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store.
Screengrab from PlayStation video of E3 press conference