This week saw the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles and we hope folks are having fun with their new consoles.
But as with most things in 2020, joy quickly turned to concern when reports began to surface that the Xbox Series X was smoking.
This stuck as bizarre for a number of reasons, chief among which is that if the Xbox was catching fire, how was it doing so? There is no battery in the console and we’ve never heard of modern PC components spontaneously combusting.
As it turns out, this was because the videos were fake and the “smoke” was actually caused by trolls blowing vape smoke into the bottom of the console, Polygon reports.
Now, we aren’t here to tell you what you should do with your console but if you’re currently debating blowing vape smoke (is it still smoke?) into your console, we urge you to take Xbox’s advice:
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
While it might seem harmless to blow some clouds through your console, you do risk damaging it.
Smoke is not good for computer components and vape smoke even more so. The chemicals in the vapour (Propylene glycol, Vegetable glycol, flavouring and nicotine) can grab on to moisture in the air and should that water condense on your console’s internal components, well then you’re going to have a bad time.
That is the worst case scenario the more worrying one is dust. Consider the cooling fans being splashed with sticky vape smoke and then dust particles being sucked in through the console. The sticky residue allows the dust to stick around and that impacts cooling severely.
While this is anecdotal, I smoke in the same room my PC occupies and I have to regularly clean my fans and my PC’s internals to insure that temperatures remain agreeable.
So then, take Xbox’s advice and don’t vape directly into your console to make it look like its on fire. You won’t be able to trade those likes and retweets for a new console, of that much we’re certain.