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An NYC first responder is the first consumer to play Xbox Series X

Xbox Series X isn't out for another month, but a lucky NYC first responder was the first consumer in the world to go hands-on with it. Check out the YouTube video above, and read on for more details.

Gamertag Radio's Danny Peña invited NYC first responder medic and Bronx native Michael Santiago (@Toon_Medic (opens in new tab)) to 368 (@368 (opens in new tab)), an NYC-based gamer, streamer, and creator house. When Santiago rocked up in the New York Yankees hat, he was clearly under the impression that he was just meeting Peña in person, but in actuality he was getting an opportunity like no other. While some streamers, journalists, and other games industry members have gotten a chance to go hands-on with Xbox Series X, no consumer has gotten the opportunity - until Santiago, that is. 

"That's wild, man. I can't believe this," Santiago wonders aloud as he's given the news. He gets sixty minutes with the Xbox Series X, where it looks like he got a chance to play Gears 5, Borderlands 3, Doom: Eternal, and more. What were Santiago's thoughts? "It's unbelievable. Fast. Graphics are insane - that Quick Resume, that's the future. And, I can't wait. I just can't wait to get my hands on it," Santiago says, clearly overwhelmed with the entire experience. 

Considering how hard New York City was hit by COVID-19, the fact that a first responder is the first consumer in the world to go hands-on with Xbox Series X is quite fitting - and incredibly touching. Peña and 368 also hooked Santiago up with a one year subscription of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and an Astro Gaming headset. Those aren't tears in my eyes, I just have seasonal allergies. 

He's no first responder, but he is our Josh West. Here's his Xbox Series X hands-on preview.

Alyssa Mercante
Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.