This may sting a little, today Microsoft announced that it’ll be shutting its Xbox fitness program completely by July 1st 2017. Xbox fitness was one of the premier applications to fully take advantage of the Xbox One’s Kinect camera. Xbox Fitness launched more than two years ago, and since then has received a great deal of updates, something Microsoft says is unsustainable moving forward.
“Given the service relies on providing you with new and exciting content regularly, Microsoft has given much consideration to the reality updating the service regularly in order to sustain it,” says Microsoft’s Erica Bell. “Therefore, the decision has been made to scale back our support for Xbox Fitness over the next year.”
Xbox Fitness launched alongside the Xbox One in November 2013, and has been constantly updated with big new features since. Last March, the service added the ability to sync up with Microsoft Health, connecting it to devices like the Microsoft Band. It was also one of the few remaining services to make use of the Xbox One’s Kinect camera for tracking things like heart rate and calories burned, though as of December Kinect was no longer required to use the app. The new version of the console, the Xbox One S, won’t even feature a dedicated Kinect port.
This news may upset some, as most content had to be purchased and in one year you wont be able to even use it. Microsoft has not mentioned any form of refund or concession to those who have invested money into to the service but hopefully something will be done or another option offered. For the latest on this update check back in to TiCGN.