Microsoft: 1 vs 100-style interactive gameshows will return on Xbox One

But "not at launch"

Microsoft has confirmed that its upcoming TV programming will include interactive gameshows in the style of the much-missed 1 vs 100.

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's first-party lineup, told us that the company had gained "a ton of learning around 1 vs.100, what does it mean to bring hundreds of thousands of people together in a virtual game environment and have them play with each other and give away real prizes."


"I think that's a category that lends itself to our kind of community and interactivity," he said. But "probably not at launch, we'll see how our timelines go."

1 vs 100 was a surprise hit on Xbox Live back in 2009, with Avatar-powered quiz challenges awarding real-world prizes. It was shuttered in 2010 after two seasons, and Microsoft said it would apply the lessons learned to new products.

Find out more about Microsoft's new TV ambitions along with its new game lineup via our Xbox One details blow-out.