When Polygon first revealed Kinect PlayFit with the promise of universal fitness tracking and a heart rate monitor, I was intrigued. As a Chicagoan with an aversion to gyms, there are large parts of the year when Kinect is my main method of injecting a little fitness into my life. Naturally, I was excited when Kinect PlayFit suddenly dropped in the middle of last week, but this quickly gave way to disappointment as my wish list of potential features came face-to-face with the uninspired reality.
TheVerge.Com is reporting that Microsoft will soon unveil Kinect Play Fit, new software that will be built into the Xbox 360 dashboard that will track your exercise and workout activities across appropriate fitness themed Kinect titles. Additionally, Microsoft will release a heart rate monitor accessory called “Joule” that will work across multiple Kinect titles that will allow you to track your own vitals and make sure they’re in line with your weight loss, strength training, or cross-fitness goals. While there are no indications as to when the Kinect Play Fit update will go live (and if it will cost money), or when the Joule accessory will ship, we expect to hear Microsoft detail the whole shebang at E3 which is now just a few weeks away. Stay tuned fitness freaks.