On a green-hued night Microsoft kicked the doors open with the new Xbox One. Midnight launches across the US welcomed not just the console's arrival, but the fans who've eagerly awaited this day since the Xbox One was first announced on May 21.
To ring in the launch, Microsoft held fan-focused events at the Best Buy Theater in New York's Times Square and at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. That's not to mention the thousands of Microsoft Stores, Best Buys, Targets and other retailers opening their doors at midnight.
The Times Square shindig saw armored trucks transporting 2,000 new consoles, developers from studios such as BioWare and Ubisoft Montreal, as well as the musical stylings of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
And, of course, there were the gamers. TechRadar braved the cold fall night to speak with some of the die-hard Xbox fans who'd waited in line since early Wednesday morning for their chance to score a next-gen console.
"35 hours!" Hanoi de Los Angeles exclaimed when asked how long he had been in line. de Los Angeles was the very first one to show up at the Xbox One launch event in New York.
"I didn't preorder, so I decided I would just come on by and get the Xbox and try to be the first person. Low and behold I was."
de Los Angeles detailed how the line slowly added more people throughout the day Wednesday. The second person arrived at 10 a.m. and the third at 12 p.m. The Harlem resident said things really didn't pick up until launch day.
"Call of Duty Ghosts, the new Assassin's Creed. I'm definitely looking at Killer Instinct because I'm a big fighting game fan," de Los Angeles said as he listed the Xbox One games he was most looking forward to. "I'm waiting to buy a fight stick though because Ultra Street Fighter IV just got announced and there's no word if it's going to be out on Xbox One."
A better value
Even after standing around in the cold for hours, some Xbox fans stayed exuberant about getting their hands on the console. Some even called it the One system you need. Jocelyn Jimenez was among one of the most vocal supporters of the new Microsoft system.
"I was a big fan of PlayStation 2 but as soon as Xbox 360 came out it changed the game. It set a new standard and I just can't wait to try the new features," Jimenez said. "There's multitasking where you can use the Skype chat as you are playing a game."
"It could be really cool as I'm playing a game with my friend," she quipped. "We could be playing the same game and see each other's reactions. I'll be like, 'Twitch, record it' and they'll be freaking out."
Jimenez, however, did not have as many kind things to say about the rival PS4.
"I have no hate against the PS4 but I think they're trying to do the best they can. But [there are] no major exclusives and [it] crashed on the first day. The only thing that's good is the Remote Play between the Vita and the PS4, but even then it's not worth it because there's nothing to play."
"Before it was the PS3 guys would laugh at us because we had to pay for Xbox Live Gold membership but now it's the same for PS4 online," Jimenez continued. "On top of that there are the games switching over like Kingdom Hearts and Metal Gear Solid."