Microsoft officially announced today that its next-gen Xbox One console will come with a new fitness service called Xbox Fitness. The service will harness the power of the Kinect 2 sensor to gauge a user’s workout.

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The Xbox Fitness service was leaked earlier in the day, a few hours after which Microsoft confirmed it. It uses the Kinect 2 sensor to gauge minute fluctuations in heart rate, form, and more. It can also detect which muscle areas are being more engaged, and will deliver recommendations based on your workout history. The service features a smorgasbord of fitness video content from some of the biggest fitness brands that include Beachbody’s P90X, INSANITY, Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson and others.

Shaun T of INSANITY said, “What makes Xbox Fitness so innovative is the feedback it gives you.  The Kinect sensor can evaluate your form, tell how high you’re jumping, how hard you’re punching and even read your heart rate. It’s that little missing piece of validation that hasn’t been possible for home fitness products before.  Xbox Fitness completes the puzzle.”

The service integrates with your Xbox Live account, and allows users to see their achievements and see how they fare against others using the Xbox Fitness service. The service will be available for free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers until December 2014, after which it will be offered as a premium service. Xbox Fitness will launch this holiday season.

Source: Xbox