Gamers line up indoors in anticipation of the midnight release of Microsoft's Xbox One home entertainment system.
At a Sacramento area Best Buy a small crowd of 50-75 gamers gathered for the midnight launch of Microsoft's new Xbox One home entertainment system. Those who came expressed their excitement over being among the first to take the new gaming console home.
"I am very excited to be first in line," said Joshua Watts of Sacramento. "I just want to be able to sit down first thing in the morning and play it and not have to wait until ten o'clock in the morning to get to the store to grab it."
While the number of gamers who lined up to claim their day-one Xbox One consoles was noticeably fewer than the nearly 200 who showed up to pick up their day one PlayStation 4's last week, Best Buy Manager Jose Lomeli was not discouraged by the turnout.
"You know the PS4 has a little bit more people, but [Xbox gamers] are starting to trickle in as we speak," he commented.
Best Buy was one of a number of retail outlets that temporarily opened their doors at midnight to allow gamers to pick up their systems immediately at launch. GameStop and Fry's Electronics did the same.
In addition to having a video game lineup that includes exclusive titles such as Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome, the console also features a variety of auxiliary entertainment options such as video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, as well as the ability to watch live television through the Xbox One hardware. Furthermore, thanks to its Kinect 2 integration, the console can be controlled by physical gestures and voice commands.
"We believe a truly next-generation system must deliver not only incredible games but also all of the entertainment you love in one device," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Marketing, Strategy and Business, Xbox. "From your favorite games, to the hottest TV shows, movies and music, to surfing the Web, to Skype conversations with your family and friends, only on Xbox One can you instantly switch between all of your entertainment and snap them together - all with the sound of your voice."
Xbox One, the successor to Microsoft's Xbox 360, retails for $499.99, which is $100 more than Sony's PlayStation 4 and $200 above the asking price for Nintendo's Wii U.