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Xbox’s Phil Spencer: Licensing arrangements mean Xbox Fitness can’t be made available offline

Finishing up our recent conversation with Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, we put him through a lightning round-style series of questions we affectionately dubbed, “What would it take?”

To start off, I asked about the state of Xbox Fitness, an app that was made unavailable in July this year. So loved was the on-demand fitness title that its users took to Xbox Voice in an effort to keep the streaming service alive.

I asked if it was possible to offer Xbox Fitness as an offline experience, to which Spencer shook his head.

“It’s about licenses,” he began, adding Microsoft only had a finite period with which to use fitness regimens by the likes of Jillian Michaels and P90X.

We reviewed Xbox Fitness here.

Find out what Spencer had to say about Alan Wake 2 later in the day. For more from our time with Phil Spencer, head here.

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