I tried out Xbox Fitness for the first time this weekend. Since I'm already partially through a cycle of Insanity, I decided to do my scheduled workout through the Xbox One Fitness app. It was awesome. I try to push myself as hard as I can when I do my workouts, but having the instant feedback, the random challenges, and overall scores for the workout really caused me to focus and push myself more. I was close to throwing up, I was so exhausted by the end. I loved it. I decided that since the Xbox Fitness App has the 3 main Insanity workouts from month 1 available, I'd continue to use it throughout this week.
Then I tried it again yesterday. Halfway through my workout, the app crashed and I got sent back to the dashboard. All my progress was lost. I was annoyed, but shrugged it off as a minor glitch.
I tried it again today. A little over halfway through the workout, the system started giving me an error message saying that the Fitness app couldn't connect to the internet, even though the system is hardwired into my router and it showed everything was still running smoothly (I wasn't dropped from Xbox Live, I could still see the store, etc.) I was forced to quit the app. I checked the network connection under the system settings and it showed I had a good connection. Either way, this was the second day in a row that I could not finish my workout because of problems with the app.
What I'm left with is a system that seems like it can do amazing things and is impressive when it works, but since it is so riddled with bugs and errors, it just kills my excitement for the platform. It's not just the fitness app. I still get dropped to the dashboard in Dead Rising 3 occasionally. The voice commands work infrequently. The whole system is just frustrating me right now. I want the Xbox Fitness App to work. When it did, it was awesome. On Saturday, I was ready to recommend the system and the Fitness App to all my fitness friends. Today I found myself telling my friends to skip the platform for now. I want to love it, I just can't.