Gamers are uploading videos claiming to show the new Xbox Series X console billowing plumes of smoke that the manufacturer says “do not align” with its testing results.
The highly anticipated new console from Microsoft was launched on Tuesday and soon after videos started to appear on social media and forums claiming smoke was billowing out of the new consoles.
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But one person who got their hands on one of the in-demand consoles claims to be able to show the videos are being faked.
He says what appears to be smoke is actually vapour.
By hitting his vape and blowing into the console’s air intake he was able to simulate an effect that made it look like the console was smoking.
Xbox tweeted as well to promote that those smoking videos probably aren’t real as well as advising against replicating them yourself.
“We take all product safety reports seriously and our products meet or exceed industry standards,” a Microsoft spokesperson told news.com.au on Thursday.
“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.
Microsoft’s engineering teams tested thousands of the consoles during development and haven’t come across any ones billowing smoke yet.
The Xbox Series X has an advanced cooling system to accommodate its increased power, and while Microsoft advises against using it to make your own smoke machine there are some other cool stuff you can do with it that are less likely to damage your console.
A fun game emerging online is to use the powerful fans on the Xbox to make things like ping pong balls levitate while you play.