Microsoft announced today that it is shutting down Xbox Fitness app and service on Xbox One. They launched it in November 2013, and since then has received a steady stream of updates.
Between June 27th, 2016 and December 15, 2016, Xbox Live Gold members will still be able to access and play over 30 workouts, which are available to download for free.
“Given the service relies on providing you with new and exciting content. Microsoft has given much consideration to the reality updating the service regularly to sustain it. So, the decision has been made to scale back our support for Xbox Fitness over the next year.” Said Erica Bell in a blog post.
Timeline of the changes you will see when they shut down XBOX Fitness.
June 27, 2016. Xbox Fitness content will no longer be available for sale. For existing users of Xbox Fitness, the content you’ve purchased will be available to play for a year, through June 30, 2017.
December 15, 2016. Microsoft will remove its “Free with Gold” offer for Xbox Fitness. Which means Xbox Live Gold members will no longer be able to access the 30+ Xbox Fitness workouts that are currently available.
July 1, 2017. The Xbox Fitness will no longer be available to download from the Xbox Store, and will no longer work.
“We know that many of you have used Xbox Fitness to begin your fitness journey. To supplement it, or as a way to redefine your own fitness story,” says Bell. “We’re glad we could be a part of the journey.”
Xbox Fitness was launched with Xbox one in 2013. They updated it regularly with some big features. Like sync with Microsoft Health, connect with Microsoft Band. Also, a feature such as Leaderboards, the option to download purchased workouts, and the option for users to play with or without Kinect. Hence users are disappointed with the decision of shutting down Xbox Fitness.