Here’s some good news for users who purchased Xbox Fitness: It looks like refunds are being sent out.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would be shuttering Xbox Fitness, making all previously purchased content unavailable. All content, namely video workout courses, had to be purchased through an app, which will also disappear. The announcement, which generated ire from fans, was quietly updated, announcing that users would receive a refund in the form of store credit on their Microsoft accounts. Those refunds appear to be coming through this week.
Microsoft has started sending out emails to users with credit for what looks like all content purchased on the platform. A user on NeoGAF, the largest gaming forum on the internet, posted a screen grab of the email:
Reception online seems to be positive. Many users are happy that they’re getting their money back for a product that will completely shut down. It’s still unfortunate, as Xbox Fitness was more than just watching a workout video. It was interactive and there was a points system as well, making it game-like. It seems that users stopped using the program, meaning that it wasn’t profitable for Microsoft to continue paying licensing fees to celebrities and fitness programs.