Microsoft Announces Xbox Fitness For Xbox One

By Darryl Kaye on September 27, 2013, 8:49AM EDT
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Microsoft will be teaming up with a host of fitness trainers to provide Xbox Fitness to people with a gold subscription on Xbox One.

Billed as an online fitness service, Xbox Fitness will grant anyone with a Xbox Live gold account access to fitness videos from the likes of Tony Horton, Shaun T, Jillian Michaels and Tracy Anderson. That means that workout programs such as P90X and Insanity will be available through the service.

By utilising Kinect, Microsoft claim that Xbox Fitness will be able to monitor your progress as you go through the different workouts. It will be able to monitor your heart rate without the use of a heart monitor and it will also be able to track performance of individual muscles.

The heart monitoring will be calculated by Kinect analysing micro-fluctuations in your skin. It will work from up to 10 feet away. Likewise, by mapping your various muscles, Kinect will be able to look at your balance, tempo and most importantly, your form.

As Xbox Fitness is integrated with the console, it will track your performance and grant you awards for reaching certain milestones. Through integrating with Xbox Live, Xbox Fitness will also present social challenges and previous scores.

While it won't be available for launch, Xbox Fitness is slated to arrive in December, 2014.

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