Photos: Xbox Sucks Us In

7:50 AM -- NEW YORK -- So, I was walking back from the Blue Bar next to the Algonquin Hotel Wednesday night, with Ray LeMaistre, Phil Harvey, and Mark "Broccoli" Brown. We turned onto what you and I call 6th Avenue and saw an excited mob across the street, at 1155 Avenue of the Americas.

David Letterman stunt? Too late for that. Some kind of protest? Too happy. What was it, then?

I picked a guy in line who didn't look like an "avoid eye contact" type and asked what was up. Xbox Kinect, he said. Of course.

Kinect is the cure for Xbox's Wii envy. It's nothing Light Reading cares about. But I was in New York, it was 20 to midnight, and I had a camera. I just couldn't resist a story that I'd stumbled upon just walking down the street. And by filing a blog, I could expense a late-night gyros binge.

So, click below to see what Times Square's midnight launch of Xbox Kinect was like:

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:17:30 PM
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I actually wasn't kidding about the gyros part. But I filed expenses this afternoon, and .... guess what I forgot.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:19:32 PM
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Yes, Playstation Move would be the Sony equivalent. All I know about it is that they advertised during the baseball playoffs. As for whether it's shipping... since we don't actually cover this stuff, I'll unashamedly say I have no idea.

I haven't tried all three types of consoles. My kids would probably like the Wii best. But I'm partial to Playstation, only because they've got Little Big Planet.

Koda23 12/5/2012 | 4:19:32 PM
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And PlayStation Move is Sony's cure for their Wii envy? When does theirs launch or has it already? I'm not really a gamer, but my 11 yr old has the Xbox, Wii, and PS2 slim. We have no plans to add Kinect at this point, but who knows?

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:19:35 PM
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Yeah, this was dumb. But admit it -- you'd have stopped and taken pictures too.

They're lucky it wasn't raining. I saw them giving out some umbrellas (in addition to T-shirts), but I'm sure the crowd would have been a lot thinner in the rain. This ain't the iPhone.  :)

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