Xbox One Gets Physical With Xbox Fitness
Posted by Dave Letcavage
Improved Kinect takes things to a new level
It's no secret that Kinect never found the level of success on the Xbox 360 that Nintendo achieved with Wii Motion Plus or Wii Fit; but that's not to say that it didn't earn an audience with its numerous workout-centric offerings like Zumba, Your Shape, and Jillian Michaels Fitness Adventure, to name a few.
Well, it looks like Microsoft has big plans to expand upon that audience substantially for next gen.
Today, via the Xbox Wire, it was announced that Xbox Fitness - a new subscription-based service - would find a home on the Xbox One. Xbox Fitness is said to "take the world's most popular fitness videos and make them interactive." With a library of videos from Beachbody's P90X, INSANITY, Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson and more, it looks like some big names in fitness have been locked up and should be a major draw for the service.
Using the Kinect technology, your entire workout can be assessed, personalized, and tracked to make sure you're getting a routine that's optimal for you. You can even take part in competitive social challenges, which allow you to "take on your previous scores, challenge your friends to beat your performance and compare with the Xbox Fitness community."
The price of admission appears to be free to Xbox Live Gold members through December 2014, with unlimited access to content. Xbox Fitness is said to launch this holiday.
It would seem that this app could be a very big deal for the Xbox One. How do you guys feel about it? Is this a service that you think you'd use, or would you rather take it to the actual gym? Work out your feelings in the comments down below.