Peloton removes video chat feature on Peloton Bike, Bike+, and Tread

As of today, Peloton has removed the video chat feature on the Peloton Bike, Bike+, and Tread. Previously, members who had added each other as friends on Peloton could start a video chat if taking the same class. While Peloton mentioned this feature would be taken away last week in comments on their Facebook group, the video chat feature has now finally been taken down.

It should probably be noted that Peloton’s video chat feature was far from a fan favorite. The video quality was poor, and the audio quality even worse. That said, it still was a feature that was used by some members to be able to take classes alongside friends and family.

Peloton has not yet made an official announcement about the removal of video chat except those found in the Facebook comments.

We previously made a video guide on how to use Peloton’s video chat feature. You can check the video below to get an idea of how it worked.

Connect The Watts’ Take

While I was no fan of Peloton’s video chat, it is always a bummer to see features taken away. While a small group, there was likely many who used the feature regularly.

There is no known reason as to why Peloton removed the video chat feature. My best guess is it could have to do with improving performance on the original Peloton Bike. Since the bike’s processor only has 2GB of RAM, it is noticeably slower to navigate with compared to the newer Peloton Bike+ and Tread (which have 4GB of RAM).

With every new feature added, the more likely the original Peloton Bikes will need a replacement tablet if the memory cannot keep up with future updates. It makes sense that Peloton, who still has a lot of inventory to sell, may want to do what they can to improve the performance of the original bike.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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