Xbox Fitness has been around since the Xbox One launched back in late 2013. Today though Microsoft made the announcement that Xbox Fitness will be slowly making it’s way off the Xbox platform, and from the looks of it won’t be able to be played offline either. Over the next year Xbox Fitness will be saying goodbye in stages.
- As of June 27th, Xbox Fitness content will no longer be available for purchase. For existing users of Xbox Fitness, the content you’ve purchased will be available to play for a year, through June 30, 2017.
- On December 15, 2016, we will be removing our “Free with Gold” offer. Until then, Gold members will still be able to access and play the over 30+ workouts available for streaming as a part of this offer for free.
- Then, on July 1, 2017, Xbox Fitness (and all associated content) will no longer be available for download/play. This includes content you’ve purchased. At that time, Xbox Fitness will no longer be available for download from Xbox Marketplace and content will not be available for play from the Xbox Marketplace nor within the game. Xbox Fitness users will no longer be able access Xbox Fitness and the associated workouts/programs.
So this means you won’t even be able to play it offline or earn anymore achievements after July 1, 2017. So get in your time with Xbox Fitness before it disappears forever.
This also brings the question of is the Xbox Kinect officially dead after this announcement? Seeing how changes are already in place for Preview members on the Xbox One UI to be able to use Cortana and voice commands with a headset, there seems to be no use for a Kinect now. Developers and publishers don’t seem to be supporting it as well, so it brings the question of “What’s the point in owning a Kinect?”
Microsoft never seemed to know what to fully do with the Kinect, and it never seemed to work very well all the time. You were either heard wrong or in games it didn’t have very good recognition. It was more of a novelty that wore off quickly. Being able to turn your Xbox on/off via voice commands was cool, but really that was about it.
So it makes you wonder how much time the Kinect really has left? Nothing that was announced at E3 would seem to help or co-exist with the Kinect so with the announcement of Xbox Fitness leaving next year it seems a subtle “Kinect is dead” announcement.