Steven Spielberg to produce "Halo" television series

The show will only be available to stream via the new Xbox

Published May 21, 2013 8:41PM (EDT)

Toward the end of an unnecessarily long event announcing the first Xbox follow-up in eight years, Xbox One, Microsoft and gaming company 343 Industries revealed that legendary director Steven Spielberg will executive produce a "Halo" live-action television series.

"The World of Halo," based on the massively successful gaming franchise, will be exclusive to Xbox. “For me, the ‘Halo’ universe is an amazing opportunity for the intersection” of “mythmaking and technology,” Spielberg said via video.

The Xbox One, which competes with Nintendo's Wii U and Sony Corp's forthcoming PlayStation 4, "interacts with a television, responds to voice and gesture commands, and includes Skype video calling, 15 exclusive game titles and original programming content" reports Reuters.

From Reuters:

The device will have 8 gigabytes of memory, with an updated controller and new-generation Kinect sensor that communicates a user's voice and gesture commands to the console. The technology is built on the Xbox operating system and the kernel of Windows software to handle Internet-based content.

Moreover, the device will let users store entertainment content, including movies, games and music, on cloud servers, the company said.

By Prachi Gupta

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