You have this vast wealth of hardware experience. You've been making controllers, keyboards and mice for the better part of three decades.
Yes they do, but from my experience they've haven't been particularly good at it. I've yet to own a piece of MS hardware that wasn't deficient or prematurely defective. And that includes non-gaming hardware form many moons ago, like the 80286 CPU upgrades they manufactured in the 80's. Even their mice and keyboards have been a disappointment for me. If you're wanting a decent fighter stick for the XB1, I wouldn't count on MS delivering it.
From a vast wealth of personal MS hardware experience - IMO MS puts out a pretty solid product, and have fantastic support. I've had 2-5 year old mice replaced, no questions asked. Everything from GameVoice to Strategic commanders to Habu and the entire Keyboards and Mouse lines (ranging back to the early nineties), I've found they are pretty solid and don't break easy.
FWIW, I found this on sale about two months ago (been using it at work):
Were I to list all the MS hardware I've had for my different PCs, I'd be at it for quite some time.
The fact that they have this flagship fighting game with planned episodic / seasonal content releases over the next two years, you'd think they could provide a better arcade fighting control experience out-of-the-gates.
Frankly, they need to start competing with their clients. If nothing else, the Surface / 2 / pro / pro 2 has shown that the market is interested in them putting out their own hardware. Just because MadCatz and Thrustmaster are going to put out 400!! wheels and stupid-expensive fight-sticks does not mean they can't put out solid-but-cheaper alternatives for the average consumer.
Yeah, yeah, they've been busy patching holes in their Xbox boat. This is something that should have been in the plans in tandem. They want to show dedication to gamers? Get the options out there that says "Look, Kinect is for moving. These other things? They're for other kinds of gaming."
I know I'd be playing a lot more KI if I had an arcade stick.