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Pics of the cancelled Xbox smartwatch have leaked

by Eric Frederiksen | September 26, 2017September 26, 2017 3:00 pm EST

Microsoft has been looking for ways to expand the Xbox brand for years and has taken some pretty unorthodox steps to do so in the last couple years. But while we’ve seen some of these come to market, like Xbox’s deep integration into Windows 10, others have gone by the wayside. Among those was a potential Xbox smartwatch, of which images have leaked online.

There were rumors of a smartwatch coming from the company, designed in part by Kinect co-creator Alex Kipman, back in 2013. Microsoft allegedly entertained a few prototypes before shelving the project.

The watch was set to include a 1.5-inch touchscreen, 6GB of internal storage, and swappable watch bands. There were even rumors of the watch case being made of “translucent aluminum,” and was set to use the same magnetic charging connector seen on other Surface devices.

If Microsoft’s other hardware is any indication, it would’ve been an attractive, userfriendly device that approximately no one bought. Considering it was expected in 2015, it would’ve been in direct competition with Apple’s own smart watch.

Instead of asking people to buy deeper into an Xbox-specific ecosystem, Microsoft has spent the last few years trying to make the platform more approachable, with stuff like backwards compatibility, Xbox Play Anywhere games, and recent cross-platform play initiatives.

Would you have bought an Xbox Watch? What features would want to see in such a beast? Jump into the comments and let us know.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...