Gamers brave cold, hours of waiting to score an Xbox One at launch

"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."

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Xbox Ones roll into the Best Buy Theater in armored trucks

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."'

Xbox One Kinects with early adopters

The real Xbox One difference maker to gamers in Los Angeles was the Kinect camera. Maybe it's because the spread-out city is so close to the always-photogenic Hollywood.

"I know a lot of people complained about the Kinect being included with Xbox One, but I really like it," Michael Irving of San Jose said in the middle of the anxious pack of gamers.

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The 1080p Kinect gets a thumbs up in Los Angeles

"Things like facial recognition make it more directive [than the PS4 camera]. I think it's going to be great.

Irving, who said he was picking up Dead Rising 3 with his console, was also looking forward to future exclusives that PS4 won't be offering, especially Titanfall from the original Call of Duty developers.

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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.

"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

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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.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee was a former computing reporter at TechRadar. Kevin is now the SEO Updates Editor at IGN based in New York. He handles all of the best of tech buying guides while also dipping his hand in the entertainment and games evergreen content. Kevin has over eight years of experience in the tech and games publications with previous bylines at Polygon, PC World, and more. Outside of work, Kevin is major movie buff of cult and bad films. He also regularly plays flight & space sim and racing games. IRL he's a fan of archery, axe throwing, and board games.