Microsoft has recently shut down Xbox Fitness, the Kinect “game” workout platform that lets users download a wide variety of exercise videos for use with or without Xbox One’s motion sensor. The service launched in November 2013 alongside Xbox One’s release.
The platform holder said that “As a service, Xbox Fitness has continually evolved since it launched on Xbox One, with new content and ongoing updates. 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”
They continued, saying “Therefore, the decision has been made to scale back our support for Xbox Fitness over the next year, and we want to provide our users with a timeline of the changes you will see. We’ll also ensure information is posted regularly in the News page within Xbox Fitness.”
“While our team is saddened by this news, we couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished in the past two and a half years,” Microsoft added.
From 27th June, Microsoft had removed Xbox Fitness and all its related content from the Xbox Games Store, and existing users of the feature can only access and play their purchased workouts for the next year, up until 30th June 2017. As of the 1st July 2017, all Xbox Fitness content will then become unavailable to download or play, with no refunds will be given to users.
While I didn’t know anyone who used it, it’s a shame to see Microsoft eradicating more Kinect games- when they easily could change the game themselves.