Microsoft unveiled "Kinect PlayFit," a new Kinect fitness dashboard on Xbox LIVE that lets players track calories burned across multiple Kinect games. The new dashboard joins a growing number of titles and experiences that use Kinect as a fitness tool.
"The goal of the app is to motivate families to get off the couch and reward them for having fun, said Chuck Frizelle, executive producer for Kinect PlayFit. The app calculates and aggregates the calories players burn so they can track their progress over time, see how they rank against friends, and earn Xbox achievements," Microsoft explains.
Kinect PlayFit will track fitness progress across a dozen games at first, with more titles to come later, Frizelle said. "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," said Chuck Frizelle, executive producer for Kinect PlayFit.
Players can also earn up to 20 Xbox achievements, including bonus avatar awards, and post them on Facebook.
Kinect PlayFit joins a growing number of games and experiences such as "Kinect Sports, " "Zumba Fitness," and the upcoming "Nike+ Kinect Training" that highlight how Kinect is bringing fitness into the living room, said Dave McCarthy, general manager for Kids and Lifestyle Entertainment in Microsoft Studios.
Kinect PlayFit is available as a free download from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.