Great news for fitness junkies out there as well as you aspiring fitness junkies who haven’t quite made it to that level yet! Microsoft has unveiled a new addition to the Xbox 360 dashboard called Kinect PlayFit. Kinect PlayFit is a brand new way to reward gamers for playing Kinect games that encourage them to work out their bodies and burn calories. Kinect PlayFit will keep track of the calories you burn as you play physically intense games such as “Dance Central 2” and “Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012,” and reward you by unlocking achievements, increasing your gamer score and unlocking avatar awards. In addition, Kinect PlayFit will feature a leader board that allows you to track your personal stats over time and compare them to your friends. I’m going to be honest, this is probably the biggest motivator for me to buy Kinect to date. Here is the full announcement by Microsoft’s Major Nelson:
I wanted to give you a heads up that Kinect PlayFit launched today on Xbox LIVE as a free download for all Xbox LIVE members in the US. It will be launching outside the US later this week.
Here are the details from the press notice we sent out today:
Kinect PlayFit is a new fitness dashboard that aggregates and tracks the calories you burn as you play a variety of Kinect games, from “Dance Central 2” to “Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012” to “Kinect Star Wars.”
Kinect PlayFit lets you view your personal stats over time and see leaderboards that show how you rank against Xbox LIVE members across the globe. Get credit for the calories you burn while having fun with Kinect, and earn Kinect PlayFit Achievements, Gamerscore and Avatar Awards.
Kinect PlayFit inspires an active and healthy lifestyle through fun and play:
- First of Its Kind – This is the first ever fitness tracking application on a video game console.
- Social Motivation – Kinect PlayFit keeps it social with activity challenges, rankings on leaderboards and integration with the Xbox LIVE community to break a sweat together.
- Survey Says – According to a recent survey*nearly 75 percent of respondents believe that video games should include a component that encourages physical activity. Also, 70 percent said that physically active video games can complement or supplement traditional exercise.
As noted above, it is launching in the US today and will launch in other regions later this week.