Owning a brand new console is always an exciting time. But with that comes the typical early-adopters launch issues, something to be expected.
What wasn't expected, though, was for Microsoft's latest next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, to end up in smoke. Just a few short days after its release, videos of the Xbox Series X with smoke billowing out of it have been widely circulating on the Internet.
Much panic and worry have ensued, but there's no need for that. It turns out that these are just internet trolls vaping into their consoles. Too much time spent in self-isolation, perhaps?
A much less exciting reality
The smoky videos of Xbox Series X's seemingly about to blow up are just a trick that many have been playing from their homes.
What's actually been happening is that people have been blowing vape smoke into their consoles, which makes them look like they're about to catch fire.
The trick was uncovered by savvy Xbox and vape aficionado, Xbox Studio, who explained the vape trick via his Twitter account (in Spanish).
CANSADO de las FAKE NEWS.— Xbox Studio (@XboxStudio) November 11, 2020
Os dejo un video MIO explicando porque es Fake lo de la consola "Quemada" y como han logrado este efecto incluso estando la consola "APAGADA" pic.twitter.com/LfXzIBSu6N
The videos have circulated so widely on social media that they managed to catch Microsoft's attention, so much so that they even dignified the issue with a response:
For any non-vape related support questions please check out the info here: https://t.co/3CVPbbNm6D— Xbox (@Xbox) November 11, 2020
When you look at the videos, including Xbox Studio's one, it's easy to see how this type of problem could happen — and it certainly looks realistic. But it goes without saying, in our humble opinion, that filling your console with water vapor may not be the best thing for it.