Microsoft announces free Kinect PlayFit app

So let's say you are playing a game with the Kinect add-on for the Xbox 360 console. You are waving your hands or moving your body around while you play, for example, Dance Central. Chances are you feel a little tired after all of that activity. You may be wondering exactly how many calories you have burned while playing a Kinect game.

Today, Microsoft announced that Kinect players can find out that information, and a lot more, with a new and free app for the Xbox 360 called Kinect PlayFit. The app should be available to download today.

Over 12 Xbox 360 Kinect games will support Kinect PlayFit at first, with more to be added later. Microsoft states:

The dashboard lets players view their daily, weekly, monthly, and overall calorie burn totals, and Xbox leaderboards offer the chance to compare progress with friends and the overall Xbox LIVE community. Players can also earn up to 20 Xbox achievements, including bonus avatar awards, and post them on Facebook.

The free app should be an interesting extension for Xbox 360 gamers who may want to lose a few pounds while also dancing the night away in Dance Central or using the Force to take out enemies in Star Wars Kinect.

Source: Microsoft press release | Image via Microsoft

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So, if everyone in the world loses weight, would the earth spin a bit faster?
Just a thought for you mathematicians out there

andrewbares said,
I'd who would actually use Kinect for real exercise. Why not just go outside and run?

A gimmick is all this is.

Because not everyone is capable of running? My mother loves Kinect, but her knees are arthritic.

andrewbares said,
I'd who would actually use Kinect for real exercise. Why not just go outside and run?

A gimmick is all this is.

Probably people who hate to run. If you lived in Austin and saw how these discourteous and hazardous MFs drive around here, you wouldn't go run outside, either!

andrewbares said,
I'd who would actually use Kinect for real exercise. Why not just go outside and run?

A gimmick is all this is.


you'd be surprised by how many people exercise inside of their homes.

andrewbares said,
I'd who would actually use Kinect for real exercise. Why not just go outside and run?

A gimmick is all this is.


The idea of this is to provide a visual way to track your exercise so that you can set goals and whatnot.

andrewbares said,
I'd who would actually use Kinect for real exercise. Why not just go outside and run?

A gimmick is all this is.

Yes because running is the only form of exercise available. All these gyms (are there many gyms outside?) with exercise machines other than treadmills must be wrong. /s

The prize for stupidest comment of the day goes to...

andrewbares said,
I'd who would actually use Kinect for real exercise. Why not just go outside and run?

A gimmick is all this is.


I can't go outside and do some exercise in the morning...because someone will put a 9mm to my head and rob me.

Living in a 3rd world country is quite dangerous.

What a great idea! So now not only will my friends and I feel stupid for queening out dancing to Lady Gaga in Dance Central while drinking, we'll feel like we accomplished something.