The lights are on
Microsoft has announced a new service for Xbox One called Xbox Fitness. The feature will bring top exercise programs to the Xbox One, including P90X, Insanity, Jillian Michaels, and others.
The hook is that the fitness programs will use the Kinect sensor to measure heart rate, muscle use, and workout intensity. Furthermore, the program will use your past workout history to recommend the right program for you.
The Xbox Fitness Pass will be free through December 2014 with an Xbox Live Gold membership. No other pricing information is available yet.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
Our TakeThis might be the best case for Kinect that Microsoft has made. Sure, this won't compel anyone just interested in games, but it will provide those interested in trying it out a way to sample the full power of the Kinect sensor at no additional cost (beyond an Xbox Live Gold membership).
I'll definitely be trying this out when I get an Xbox One, and the personalized recommendations should steer me toward the right program. This might not be about games, but I like what Microsoft is doing here.
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I am gonna get so fit.
Call me crazy, but when I want exercise I just go for a run outside. Screw the gym!
thats actually really cool
Hey if it gets me off the couch, I'm all for it! :-)
As a user of Insanity this is definitely very cool. Wearing a heart rate monitor is the biggest PITA when exercising, so having the Kinect be able to display that and track it historically is pretty awesome.
"Furthermore, the program will use your past workout history to recommend the right program for you."
XBO: "Okay, Joe, after reviewing your past workout history, we recommend you at least walk to the kitchen instead of training you dog to bring you food. This game does have a pause feature."
Cant wait, this will be a fantastic use of my time. I already do insanity and P90x
Awesome! My wife and I will definitely be taking advantage of this! Great job MS!
Nah, I prefer the gyms.
I like how this is getting more fanfare than Steam. Oh how the tables have turned. To be more on topic I don't think that I'm going to use this for working-out (would rather go to the gym), this should be a great way to see just how accurate the Kinect 2.0 really is.
This is how Xbox plans to differentiate from PS4, they offer so many other entertainment programs that you cannot get with the Sony machine. This should be a good reason for moms to buy this console for Xmas.