Microsoft officially announced that Xbox Fitness will be sunset.
Kinect users have been put on notice. Xbox Fitness will be wiped from existence by this time next year. As of June 27th users were no longer given the ability to purchase any Xbox Fitness programs. Furthermore, those who have Fitness content will only be able to use that content until July 1, 2017.
As you can imagine, this has tons of Fitness users upset as some have paid a pretty penny for content such as BeachBody’s P90X and Insanity that they will no longer have access to. Based on everything we know so far, Microsoft most likely will not offer any type of refund or credit for the content that will be lost.
This appears to be more signs that the Kinect will also be a memory. While Microsoft has yet to comment on Kinect’s future, it appears that the writing is on the wall. With Xbox One S and Scorpio both not having standard Kinect plugins, (Xbox One S will have an optional adapter) it’s only a matter of time before we get the official announcement.
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. 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 have posted the timeframe for the demise of Xbox Fitness below.
- Beginning today, June 27, 2016, 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.
- 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.