Erica Bell of Microsoft broke the news via the blogpost, saying that since its launch in November 2013 it has "allowed you to experience the world's best workouts with famous trainers, right in the comfort of your own home".
"As a service, Xbox Fitness has continually evolved since it launched on Xbox One, with new content and ongoing updates. Given the service relies on providing you with new and exciting content regularly, Microsoft has given much consideration to the reality updating the service regularly in order to sustain it. Therefore, the decision has been made to scale back our support for Xbox Fitness over the next year, and we want to provide our users with a timeline of the changes you will see".
The changes include stopping the purchase of new content as of yesterday (although all currently purchased content is still valid), the removal of 'Free with Gold' offer on December 15, and the termination of the app entirely on July 1 2017. The ending of Xbox Fitness also means that users will no longer have access to purchased content either, although the post was unclear about whether users can receive refunds for such content.
Bell added that the team were "proud of what we've accomplished over the past two and a half years" although that has not stopped some users venting frustration that the service has been shut down within the lifetime of the hardware. Some also questioned why they couldn't continue to use it if it was already downloaded.
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