Xbox Series X isn't a vape pen — so stop blowing smoke in it, Xbox say

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In an odd turn of events, Xbox tweeted out a warning to users, urging them to stop blowing vapor smoke into the Xbox Series X.

For context, a number of viral videos have been surfacing across the internet showing Xbox Series X consoles with smoke coming out of the top vent. This caused a number of Twitter users to panic, worried their console would do the same.

This phenomenon can be seen in a tweet by Culture Crave, where two clips within one video show a cloud of smoke flying out of the top vent on the console. These viral videos managed to mislead a number of people, with one Twitter user commenting "NEVER buy a product on launch day. This should be known by now."

However, this turned out to be fake. Twitter user Xbox Studio made a video showcasing how to accurately recreate the effect by blowing vapor into the console, which would cause it to smoke even if it's turned off. Thankfully, this tweet seemingly blew up, which helped to educate a number of consumers.

Not long after, Xbox responded to the situation in a tweet, writing "We can't believe we have to say this, but please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X."

Afterward, Xbox responded to its own Tweet saying, "For any non-vape related support questions please check out the info here." It's a bit worrying that so many users tried to fake the Xbox Series X malfunctioning for the sake of publicity.

Stunts like this take priority away from a company's ability to assist users with actual technical issues, so for the sake of everyone else involved, please don't fake console hardware malfunctions.

If you're curious about the performance of Xbox Series X, check out our Xbox Series X review.

Claire Tabari
Contributing Writer

Self-described art critic and unabashedly pretentious, Claire finds joy in impassioned ramblings about her closeness to video games. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies from Brooklyn College and five years of experience in entertainment journalism. Claire is a stalwart defender of the importance found in subjectivity and spends most days overwhelmed with excitement for the past, present and future of gaming. When she isn't writing or playing Dark Souls, she can be found eating chicken fettuccine alfredo and watching anime.