The Xbox One arrives: a view from the US launch

We talk to those who braved the cold for the midnight launch

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Waiting in line
They may be cold, but are you green with envy?

Not everything is puppies and DVR capabilities about the new Xbox. One of the biggest issues plaguing the system is the lack of true 1080p gaming for some of its biggest titles, including Ryse: Son of Rome and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Uchendu Mwachuku, who had been in line since 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, said it's really not a big issue.

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"At the end of the day both these consoles are relatively underpowered compared to a PC, and I also play on PC. I really don't care. If you're looking at the difference between 1080p and 900p and 720p, I really don't care."

"As long as the games are fun and everything works well, being able to play with my friends, who cares whether it is 720p or whatever," Mwachuku continued. "It's all just a number."

Get it while you can

Xbox One Midnight Launch Times Square New York
Gamers wait, hope for consoles supplies to hold

Although Xbox rolled out 2,000 consoles at its launch in New York, another 1,000 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, and many more at retailers across the country, some gamers said they expect the Xbox One to sell out fast.

Across the street at the neighboring Toy R Us Xbox One midnight launch event, we bumped into Chris Cannon and Zach Block who said they had gotten in line at 9 p.m. with the intent of flipping their systems on eBay. With the holiday season approaching, they expect a nice return - as long as they secured a console.

"We just came from the GameStop on 84th Street and they only have eight on reserve," Cannon said. "We looked at the Best Buy at Union Square and Chelsea and they were a real sh*t show."

Both Cannon and Block said that they are both fans airing on the PlayStation side but they still aren't in a rush to buy one for at least a year.

"I want to play Assassin's Creed IV but I can play that on my PS3," Block said. "Most of the games out, you can play the PS3 version."

  • Until then, why not check out our hands on Xbox One review?