Nike+ Kinect Training was first revealed by Microsoft back at E3, and showed much promise in combining Nike’s fitness technology with the interactivity offered by the Kinect. Now, Xbox’s Major Nelson has revealed it will arrive on 30th October, costing a very reasonable sounding price of just $49.99.
The timing of the release will be perfect for those looking to get into shape before, during and after the holiday season, and claims to help any average couch potato become as fit as their favorite athletes.
With the Olympics taking place in a week’s time, consumers will be buoyed by the celebration of athleticism, which will no doubt increase interest in the Nike+ Kinect Training product. With the likes of Wii Fit and Wii Sports having sold in ridiculously high numbers previously, Microsoft’s offering will likely be a rousing success, and there are plenty of great features encouraging users to remain focused on their fitness goals.
Consoles have a reputation of encouraging people to be lazy – and the archetypal gaming geek has unfortunate image of a spotty teenager, eating chips continually while scarcely leaving the confinement of the couch. This is a whole new era, though, and with Nike+ Kinect training offering help on form and technique while also offering monthly progress reports, there will be no excuse for anybody to slack.
Unfortunately, nothing has been revealed with regards to the supplementary mobile companion apps, although given the direction Microsoft has been taking in integrating all devices, expect deep integration with smartphones – specifically, Windows Phone devices.
With Halo 4 also on the way for Xbox 360, it will be a tug-of-war for the affections of the gaming community, and although most would probably chuckle at the thought of getting fit rather than sniping or nading enemy combat, the competition focus of Nike+ Kinect Training will certainly entice people to challenge while also improving their general health.
Will you be investing the fifty bucks on Nike+ Kinect Training? Or are you still to be convinced that beating a pal in a fitness regime is any less fun than beating them at Madden? Share your thoughts via the usual mediums below, we love to hear from you!