FitXR Review: This VR Workout App Can Hurt You (in Metaverse)
Even if you don’t have any online friends working with you, the classes pair you up with six virtual players to give each class the feel of a group. A leaderboard shows how well you are doing during a workout compared to your (real or virtual) competition. It shows the time left in the workout and your score, current streak, best streak, and your current level. Points are scored based on how accurate your strikes and moves are as the workout progresses.
One of the best indicators of when to act is the beat of the music. The FitXR has an excellent soundtrack with lively and loud beats in each workout, and the beats of the songs act as auditory cues for when you need to move, duck, or punch. It took me a few hours to figure out my first few boxing sessions, but once I was dialed into rhythm, my scores, streaks, and stoke levels went through the roof.
Playing Quest 2 is a great re-introduction to the world of VR. Workouts take place in a variety of settings, from rooftops to cliffs or a traditional fitness studio, and music, graphics, and tactile cues are the closest thing to the X-Men’s Danger Room. that I will experience.
The resulting experience is an exercise that is so much fun that you won’t even realize you’re exercising until it’s over. Usually, I would snooze in a boxing workout, shoot for the high mark, then remove my headset afterwards and realize I was having trouble breathing and dripping sweat. During multiplayer sessions, you and your workout partners can talk to each other, cheer on each other, and shout encouragement. Or, if you’re a little like me, you can try to distract the leader or prompt them to lose a few reps so you can try to pass them on the leaderboard.
Having a fitness studio with a headset is also great for frequent travelers. Plugging into a virtual world and swaying away an army of glittering neon blobs into a deadly soundtrack that wins the hell out of plugging in a lonely hotel fitness closet . I took the Quest 2 headset and its handheld controllers on a few trips that specifically insist on a quick workout on the FitXR while on the road. It’s easier (and more fun) to bust a quick workout with your boxers in the privacy of your hotel room before you jump in the shower and walk out the door. Just make sure you don’t get excited and end up punching the TV in your hotel room. Not to say it happened, not to say it didn’t.
The Oculus tie-in makes for a smooth perk. You get the ability to beam whatever the user sees on the second screen so other people can watch the action. My wife and I take turns exercising while one watches and shouts encouragement (or laughs at the uninitiated).
The biggest hurdle to using the FitXr is that you need to have a Quest headset to use it, but to be fair, Quest 2 is a hell of a lot cheaper than many home fitness systems. Also, at least for now, you will still need a Facebook account to log in. If you’re one of the anti-social media types, you need to create a dummy account and hope you don’t get caught. absorbed by the Meta vortex.
Things are a bit steaming inside the headset, but that’s another thing that could change as Meta pushes into the world of VR-the company recently announced Active Pack for Quest 2, a set of controller grips and a face cushion made to sweat. That’s over.