Report: Kinect getting cross-game exercise tracker, heart rate monitor

In many ways, Microsoft has captured the audience that once loved the Wii with its Kinect motion sensor. According to a new report, Microsoft may be taking yet another page from Nintendo's playbook with a new focus on Kinect-enabled exercise tracking. "Kinect Play Fit" is supposedly a new program that runs in conjunction with most Kinect games, tracking cumulative exercise and providing feedback to the player.

The Verge reports that a wireless heart-rate monitor, codenamed Joule, will be released to work in concert with the tracking software, but won't be a mandatory component for Kinect Play Fit to work. The software and device will track targets for weight loss, strength, and cross-fitness workouts. In practice, this means you'd get a unified piece of fitness feedback for time spent in several different Kinect games.

A dashboard update is expected to introduce the system later this year, and Microsoft is likely to unveil it during E3 in early June. A Microsoft spokesperson told Shacknews, "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation."