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Wal-Mart employee Anthony Villareal scans the only Xbox One unit sold without preorder at midnight. Brandon Messick - Daily Press

Wal-Mart employee Anthony Villareal scans the only Xbox One unit sold without preorder at midnight.
Brandon Messick – Daily Press

By BRANDON MESSICK

Daily Press Staff Writer

The Xbox One was released at Wal-Mart in Artesia at midnight today, bringing a much-anticipated holiday gift to its shelves one week before Black Friday… but not for everyone.

Daniel Carmichael had been in and out of the store since 5 p.m. and had been sitting in front of Wal-Mart’s electronics section for more than an hour in anticipation of the Xbox One’s release, reading through a well-used magazine dedicated to the console. Carmichael’s grandparents had surprised him with the first Xbox console, which was released in 2001, as a gift when he was younger, and he’s been a fan of the Xbox brand ever since. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.