Xbox One's Fitness app off to a hot start

Microsoft confirms users have logged nearly 1.5 million virtual workouts since November; company considering bringing service to other platforms.

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The Xbox One's new Xbox Fitness app, through which users can work out in their living rooms using Kinect, is off to a hot start with around 1.5 million workouts logged through the app since it launched in November.

"We've been pretty happy with the pick up," Microsoft Studios general manager for lifestyle entertainment Dave McCarthy told Polygon. "I'm feeling really positive."

Xbox Fitness features a library of interactive programs from fitness routines like P90X and Insanity, as well as fitness celebrities like Jillian Michaels and Tracy Anderson. Using Kinect, the app can even read a user's heart rate and determine which muscles are getting the most use.

The service is included with your Xbox Live Gold subscription through the end of 2014, but it's not clear if Microsoft plans to charge an additional fee thereafter. McCarthy declined to offer any insight on payment plans for the future.

Microsoft's numbers also show that the biggest group of people using the Xbox Fitness app are in their early 20s to early 30s. McCarthy also said that a "healthy" number of people have used the app more than once.

Finally, McCarthy teased that Microsoft is looking into bringing Xbox Fitness to other platforms within the "Microsoft ecosystem," though he didn't name any outright.

"We realize people don't just do stuff inside the home," he said. "We're starting to articulate with our teams: How do we bring that experience together across our ecosystem of devices, which I think is an interesting opportunity for us as well," he said.

"I don't know what the specific form of it will take right now, but we're definitely looking at phones, looking at tablets, looking at PCs and figuring out how we provide a consistent user experience across our devices," he added.

Discussion

199 comments
g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Another useless, marketing stat by Microsoft. Give us the good MS, how many zombies have been killed since the new year? How many left turns have been made in Forza? 

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

Xbox One owners stay in shape using this app.  PS4 owners stay in shape by vigorously typing insults against xbox one.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

Not sure how anybody can criticize this.  It is what it is.  Nothing wrong with making use of Kinect to get in shape a bit and gain some interest from females that might not normally be interested in the gaming aspect.  You can bash xbox one for $100 Kinect but it's really not that much factored in over 7 years if there continues to be some niche uses for it like this.  

berserker66666
berserker66666

Users logged in 1.5 million times just to see boobies

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

This is probably the only decent use of the kinect so far, and probably will be for quite sometime.

timothyt
timothyt

I think it's a great idea.  It's not going to justify the purchase of an XB1 (especially not to the fanbase of gamespot.com) but it will help get people who wouldn't normally use an XB1 to use it.  My wife, for example, doesn't care about games at all but we're both really into fitness and she really likes Jillian Michaels from watching the Biggest Loser so she's likely to give this a try.  If exercise videos have helped people get in shape, interactive exercise videos with custom-tailored workouts should be even better.  People who think you can't gain muscle from P90x or Insanity have obviously never done P90x or Insanity.  Granted you're more likely to lose fat than gain muscle but you'll definitely build muscle in your legs and there are a lot of pushups in those videos so you'll gain some triceps, even though of course you'll want to use real weights if you have access to them.


BTW: I have a PS4 and am leaning towards that system for games right now, but am planning on picking up an XB1 to play Titanfall in March.  I'm not a fanboy of either system and am not a fan of Kinect in general but since I'm getting a Kinect as part of the system anyway, I'll give this a try.  More importantly so will my wife, which is why MS chose to bundle the Kinect in the system in the first place.  Like it or hate it, developers will code for it if they KNOW everyone with an XB1 also has a Kinect.  That's probably why the first one was kind of a flop.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Hopefully the Xbox penalizes people for working out the wrong appendage when there are pretty girl trainers on screen.

DiverseGamer
DiverseGamer

I'm sick of all these stupid fitness games. 

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Still better than any PS4 exclusive.

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Another gimmick. Just people trying to justify a $500 purchase.

Wanna get in shape? Do it the old fashion way...eat healthy, push-ups, sit ups, lunges, pull-ups, and do some weight training. Boot camp training.

berethor099
berethor099

see that thumbnail in the video above?  it's got a hot blonde chick with her hands up as if she's asking for something.....I now what I'd give her......

deadpen
deadpen

Yea Tracy Anderson bouncing and sweating had nothing to do with this app being a success.

killmoore
killmoore

i see there are a bunch of idiots here. I don't care if it REALLY measures my heart rate, I don't care if it can REALLY tell muscle fatigue. And if you bounce around with the video's, you WILL get stronger legs and better cardio. it's fun, free and get's you off your lazy a$$!

manoogian
manoogian

Also, more bullsht. Your heart rate cannot be measured through the air, you need a device attached to you.

manoogian
manoogian

you won't gain an ounce of muscle from any Video workout like p90x or insanity, so what's the point of it telling you what "muscles your using the most"?

chichipoodle
chichipoodle

My wife loves it. Good work out if you have room

Dumper1
Dumper1

Come on, how many heart attacks from the mass obese?

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I launched it once for 2 minutes then I was like "This takes time. Fuck it." Also my Kinect is like 2 feet from my bed so there isn't exactly room.

blackace
blackace

I gave it a try. It's pretty good. I'll probably try it again soon. It FREE, so why the hell not. My daughter loved it. She kept getting in my way dancing around. lol!! Great fun.

northArrow
northArrow

This number doesn't sound that big. 1.5 million virtual workouts isn't even one per console sold, and I'm sure many people have done multiple work outs. They should have told us how many active accounts are using it

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

So Kinect can measure heart rate and muscle fatigue, but it still can't work for a fighting game?!  I call BS!

ZeEzO
ZeEzO

i thought some people didn't like being stared at while they are working out, ( know i didn't when i used to), so that being said how is that different from this and the cam on the Kinect, or is it option to have the cam off while u use the app? or could i put something over said cam and use the app? im asking because i do not know

masfima1
masfima1

Wish they would add the full p90x program, I'd buy it in a minute

xolivierx
xolivierx

@Tomcat2007 to tell you the truth, apps like that can be a great way to market the kinect. in fact, if the xbox one had a great boxing/mma title that put the kinect to good use with efficiency, I would probably buy the console.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@berserker66666  McCarthy also said that a "healthy" number of people have used the app more than once.

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

@timothyt Why not just get a new PC? More bang for your buck. It's silly pick to spend $560+ for a game. A PC will get a lot more use than an XBO.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@timothyt very good and objective opinion.  i think you're right, people will never pick up a xbox one just for kinect but kinect included with the xbox gives it just that extra dimension that make it a worthwhile investment for some, especially if you have a wife and young kids.  Was talking to guy that works at best buy and when he got to take both consoles home the xbox one was clearly the favorite at his house.  He has young kids and they loved playing around with the voice commands, facial recognition, etc...yes those are the gimmicky parts of kinect that hardcore gamers might not appreciate but it's only $100 for over 7 years of usage for things like this fitness app...not really that much when you think about it.  

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@g0ldenpr0pet


There's nothing wrong with this, and frankly you trying to pretend like there is is pretty sad. It's free for a year for the people who already have Xbox One's, and telling people to get in shape "the old fashioned way" is moot. Workout videos do work for some people. My girlfriend uses this and she loves it. Hell, she's even thinking of canceling her gym membership. So really, in the long run, even if we subscribe to this service after our year is up, we'll still be saving money.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@manoogian  

What the Kinect does with its near-infrared sensors is that it makes estimates using fluctuations in skin temperature.

It's not precise science, but there is a technique there.

With that said, if you are going to be a skeptic, be a skeptic about your own knowledge of the matter too.

xen0f0rm
xen0f0rm

@manoogian It actually guesses it relatively close. Granted its not pin point accurate like a device attached to you but its there to give you a general idea of where your BPM is.

xen0f0rm
xen0f0rm

@manoogian If you give it a try... yes you will gain muscle from those programs. But as with any workout you have to put in the time, effort and eating habits otherwise you won't see or feel results. My guess is you haven't ever tried, or you gave up on a workout after a week because you didn't see any results or you've seen the commercials and think its some sort of scam.

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Yes. It's Microsoft messing around with the numbers. Like when they said how many zombies had been killed....hahaha.

Kryptonbornson
Kryptonbornson

@nl_skipper Fighter Within is fun, but it's just a Kinect game. It shows potential for the future though.

ShimmeringSword
ShimmeringSword

@ZeEzO The xbox is not "looking" at you, it only "sees" you. You are an assortment of data points to it, something to be calculated. It's not judging you, it's not recording you (unless a game shows you a replay), it has no opinion on the light that enters it's lens.

You're a truly paranoid person if you think you're being "stared at".

noladem504
noladem504

@ZeEzO

No one is staring at you when you use the app. The Kinect just keeps track of your stats. 

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@masfima1It's on the way, apparently - they're looking to do all the free workouts and the small add-ons for the first year and then possibly branching out to the full programs for each if they're successful.

timothyt
timothyt

I gamed on PCs for a long time but found I had to spend about $400-$500 between GPU, CPU, MB and power supply upgrades every 2-3 years to keep up with the latest games on high graphics settings (not even ultra). I also prefer controllers to keyboard/mouse for most games and enjoy sitting in my living room on a 56" over sitting at a desk with a 24" monitor (both are crystal clear, it's just my preference). I pay more for the games on consoles but quality of games on the same hardware goes up and up (i.e. the Last of Us) whereas on PC the games get better but always made my hardware feel more and more dated and pressed for upgrade. There's just something about the homogeneous hardware configuration of consoles (everyone with an XB1 has the exact same hardware) that yields games and apps I like to enjoy in my living room over on a PC. The Fitness app in the article is a great example of something that just wouldn't be possible or at least successful on a PC.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@Tomcat2007 @timothyt I think you are the 1st person I've ''heard''(read) saying it's 100$ more for 7 years of use. That was a smart way to put it. Kudo(no sarcasm)

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@xen0f0rm 

More likely it's just someone having a knee-jerk reaction because of his/her despise of the Xbox One, Kinect and Microsoft.

ZeEzO
ZeEzO

@ShimmeringSword@ZeEzO lmao I am a paranoid person in general, I know its not judging me(at least I hope not), but I saw this commercial where the guy is playing the xbox1 then the lady walks in and then bam its "identifies" her like that and  ends the guys game session, see that's what freaks me out, something that knows what I look like and that can scan my space where I relax  that I don't need nor want, all because I just wanna play some games,

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@xolivierx @Tomcat2007 @timothyt well think about it, it's the cost of 1.5 games.  For a device that accommodates fitness apps and potentially other uses.  And then there's the built-in external mic so you can use voice w/o a headset. That's worth something too.  So $100 is well worth it imo.