The big moment draws near, after approximately 200 people stood in line, some overnight. Despite the devotion of some, not everyone felt such a strong desire--an independent study by publisher Enterbrain reported that Microsoft sold a modest 62,000 consoles in the first weekend of sales. Some players were disappointed by the postponed release of the game "Dead or Alive 4."
And the playing begins. Among the popular games available at the launch were "Ridge Racer 6" and "Everyparty."
For this gamer, the wait was definitely worthwhile.
The grins were wild and crazy for championship winners.
A member of Microsoft's marketing staff shows off features of the Xbox 360, including a wireless controller.
Microsoft executive Peter Moore weighs in on the launch, first onstage with a serious demeanor...
...then working the crowd, with smiles all around.
Relaxation and networking, away from the hoopla. Most of the guests in the Xbox lounge were fan site owners and Xbox Live members.