Microsoft Looking To Extend Xbox Fitness Beyond The Xbox One To Other Devices In The “Microsoft Ecosystem”


Xbox Fitness is a fitness training program available on Xbox One platform. It used Kinect 2.0 to deliver personalized program recommendations based on your workout history and past performance. While Xbox 360 used used a library of 200 captured moves to track performance, Xbox Fitness uses a catalog of more than 2,000 moves. It is more accurate than ever. It can even measure user’s pulse using micro-fluctuations in the blood coursing through their face.

Speaking to Polygon, Dave McCarthy, general manager for Lifestyle Entertainment at Microsoft Studios revealed that Microsoft may be expanding the Xbox fitness to other devices in the Microsoft eco-system. You could see Windows Phone as a potential device that could have Xbox Fitness and if Microsoft is working on some smartwatch, that could be even better device for Xbox Fitness.

“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.

“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.”

What do you think?

Source: The Polygon

  • ZloiYuri

    MS is late. HardFox, KeepRunner and others are present for a long time and very poular. MS needed to do something really different and wonderful to take a place. The same situation as with Bing Weather. Great app but released too late – people use another apps.

    • Eingoluq

      The weather app is a good point but lets not be too short sighted. Yes, these apps are popular and are very mainstream. But with the exception of Kinect Nike plus, none has a living room iteration. A forward thinking person would see these apps working together. An Xbox Fitness app on mobile can manage all your fitness activities and schedule. Syncing data back to endomondo, nike plus, Fitbit etc. Because the reality is that we exercise a variety of ways with a variety devices and locals. At current there is no aggregation of it. A smart watch with Xbox fitness as the base fitness platform extended with third party apps is a good idea.

      • ZloiYuri

        Do you believe they will can do it? Look at SmartGlass and Photosynth. More possible standalone and xbox-independent app. Not more.

        • Jim Cherry

          smartglass isn’t 100 percent standalone 3rd party games can use it and some 3rd party xbox apps can also use it.

        • Eingoluq

          Yes and no. but out of all platforms I believe they will listen to there customers more.We need to demand such functionality in the Xbox one app NOW!

    • IamDefiler

      Late doesn’t mean fail. I would switch to a MS solution for fitness IF it tracked what I needed it to AND worked into the ecosystem somehow. HardFox and others may have been doing this for a while but how do they work into an ecosystem like Microsoft’s?

      Also, Bing Weather (as well as News, Sports, Health & Fitness, etc.) are bundled apps with WIndows 8 and are actually worthy of keeping and not considered crapware, IMO. I use Bing Weather. It’s a beautiful app that does what I need it to do.