NYC Medic Is First Consumer To Play Xbox Series X
A paramedic in New York City is the first consumer in the world to get their hands on an Xbox Series X ahead of launch, and the gesture was to thank him for his role in fighting the coronavirus outbreak.
The media and influencers have had some time with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S, getting to grips with their impressive technical abilities and their little quirks that advance the gaming experience. Michael Santiago, a first responder from New York City, likely thought he'd be the last person to go hands-on with Microsoft's zippy gizmo before it officially launches in November. But, thanks to YouTube content house 368 and Gamertag Radio's Danny Peña, he was surprised with an opportunity to play a number of AAA games on the next generation console.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, Gears 5, Doom Eternal, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, and more were available for Santiago to play, and he's floored by the performance of the games. "It's unbelievable," he begins, praising the graphics, the processing speed, and the handy Quick Resume feature. "I can't wait, I just can't wait to get my hands on it." And, the surprise got even better, as Xbox has given Santiago a year of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for free, and Astro Gaming has gifted him the A20 wireless gaming headset to try out with the Xbox Series X.
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The reason for this act of kindness is to thank the first responders who put their lives on the line to treat coronavirus patients in New York City. At the height of the crisis, more than 12,000 cases were reported in just one day in April, and almost 24,000 New York City citizens have died from the disease in total. Suppressing the virus has come at a severe cost to businesses, with many closing their doors for good, and $43.7 billion has been paid in unemployment benefits in the last six months. Staggeringly, that's roughly equal to the entire amount that the city's government spent on unemployment benefits over the last two decades.
Seeing Santiago's delight at playing new and old games on Xbox Series X is heart-warming, and with all the to-ing and fro-ing of who's winning the console wars, we risk losing sight of what's important about the next generation of hardware. Fun. It's fun, everyone.
The Xbox Series X and Series S will hit the shelves worldwide on November 10th, with titles like Assassins Creed Valhalla, NBA 2K21, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, and Grounded available on day one.
Featured Image Credit: Microsoft, 368
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