Following a leak Thursday, Microsoft officially announced the Xbox Fitness online training program for the Xbox One featuring P90X, Insanity and other fitness training videos from Tony Horton, Shaun T, Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson and others.
Xbox Fitness will be available before the end of 2013 following the launch of Xbox One and will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers through December 2014. The title combines fitness training videos from some of the biggest names in the industry with feedback thanks to the upgraded Kinect sensor.
"Using precision Kinect technology, Xbox Fitness can 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," Microsoft wrote on the Xbox Wire.
Personalized programs will be built for users based on their workout history and past performance with workouts ranging from 10 to 60 minutes. A gamification component is also built in with challenges that give awards based on performance history and offering competitive social challenges.
"Take on your previous scores, challenge your friends to beat your performance and compare with the Xbox Fitness community," says the announcement.
Fitness games turned into hot market with the current generation of consoles with titles like Zumba Fitness, Fitness Evolved and Nike + Kinect Training. The use of the Kinect camera helped break down barriers and the fact that it is included with every Xbox One instantly makes the console a ready-made home fitness center. Pricing after the free first year will be key though as some will likely balk at the idea of paying an additional subscription fee on top of an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription if there is not enough fitness value.
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