A good example of the importance of actually shipping hardware. Brian Heater found evidence of a Microsoft Xbox Watch.
New photos posted by a Twitter user and spotted by Windows Central purport to show the company’s abandoned effort. Similar images popped up late last year, but these actually show the thing powered on, betraying the same fitness focus that dominated the company’s abandoned Band wearables line.
Microsoft has had a tough time making money on hardware. Xbox never had a return on investment– something that happens often at Microsoft– and even the highly touted Surface line suffers.
It’s probably for the best the device never saw the light of day. Wearables have proven elusive for Microsoft. The Band line was severely lacking from a hardware perspective, and the company didn’t really do much to distinguish the offering beyond that, failing to make headway in an overcrowded wearable space.
You know which technology companies do hardware right? Apple. And Samsung.