- “Please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X,” Microsoft tweeted Wednesday night.
- It followed viral videos of the new $US500 console, which was released Tuesday, showing smoke billowing from its vented top.
- Users claimed the Xbox Series X was overheating – but the videos appear to be fake.
- Others quickly pointed out that blowing vape smoke into Microsoft’s console produced the same effect.
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Microsoft issued an unusual safety warning to owners of its new $US500 console Wednesday night.
“Please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X,” the tech giant tweeted.
We can't believe we have to say this, but please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X.
— Xbox (@Xbox) November 11, 2020
It turns out some owners may have been doing exactly that.
Less than a day after the console’s Tuesday release, videos cropping up across social media showed smoke billowing from the new consoles. Some of these have racked up millions of views.
— Arek Adamowicz (@Arek_Adamowicz) November 11, 2020
At first glance, it looks as if the new Xbox console has problems with overheating or is even on fire. But the videos appear to be fake.
Other users cried foul, pointing out that if you turn off your Xbox Series X and smoke a vape into it, vapour soon rises out of the console, just as in the videos.
Seeing people spread the video of the Xbox Series X console with smoke coming from it and.. it's just vapor smoke https://t.co/0D52mz0MLt
— Nibel (@Nibellion) November 11, 2020
Social-media users have also shared photos and videos that appear to show ping-pong balls floating on the air gushing out of the Series X fans.
Can't believe this actually works!!
The secret Xbox Series X ping pong ball feature is real! pic.twitter.com/L4X8d3rFIz
— TmarTn (@TmarTn) November 11, 2020
Though this could be scientifically plausible, some believe these are faked, too. IGN, for example, highlighted a video from another Twitter user that showed the Xbox Series X’s fans barely ruffling a feather.
A Microsoft spokesperson told Business Insider that the company takes all product safety reports seriously and its products meet or exceed industry standards.
“Findings from our initial investigations do not align with some of the claims being broadly reported, however we are in the process of investigating further,” they added.
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