Microsoft has just lifted the lid on Xbox Fitness for Xbox One – an online service launching this holiday which features some of the world’s most popular fitness videos and makes them interactive thanks to the power of Kinect.
Interestingly, the service will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members until December 2014 although additional Xbox Fitness content will be available for purchase.
According to Microsoft’s press release, Xbox Fitness uses “precision Kinect technology” to “read your heart rate without a monitor, see which muscles are most engaged by measuring the power, force and transfer of weight in your body, and track the quality of your performance by measuring your balance, tempo and form.”
Xbox Fitness offers a variety of workouts ranging from 10 to 60 minutes in length and delivers personalised program recommendations based on your workout history and past performance. It can also highlight the most popular workouts among other Xbox Fitness users and pose competitive social challenges based on your prior performance.
Some of the popular fitness brands featured in Xbox Fitness include Beachbody’s P90X (Tony Horton) and Insanity (Shaun T), Jillian Michaels, and Tracy Anderson. Shaun T had this to say about the service:
“What makes Xbox Fitness so innovative is the feedback it gives you. The Kinect sensor can evaluate your form, tell how high you’re jumping, how hard you’re punching and even read your heart rate. It’s that little missing piece of validation that hasn’t been possible for home fitness products before. Xbox Fitness completes the puzzle.”
Here’s the debut trailer for Xbox Fitness along with some screens: