In a move that's far from 420-friendly, Microsoft has asked users to not blow vape smoke into Xbox Series X consoles.
The news comes from the official Xbox Twitter account. The company states the following:
"We can't believe we have to say this, but please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X."
If you're not up-to-date with the weirdest internet trends, then here's a quick update on why Microsoft felt the need to forewarn users about the dangers of vaping into their next-gen console. It's all a simple misunderstanding.
Basically, a video appeared online claiming that 'smoke' was billowing out of the top of a brand new Xbox Series X, and that it was the result of the console shutting itself down due to a fault. The video is dubious at best, but that still didn't stop some onlookers from worrying for their own next-gen consoles.
We can't believe we have to say this, but please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X.November 11, 2020
To stop the potential spread of misinformation, a Twitter account called Xbox Studio (opens in new tab) confirmed that the effect can be replicated with only a sizeable, and dope as heck, vape. Turn the console off and the fans keep whirring for a long enough period of time to blow gaseous vape juice right the way through the vertical chamber design, making it look like the console is on fire, or at the very least ripping fat clouds.
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It's highly improbable that your console would get anywhere close to ignition, by the way, even with some pretty serious neglect. After all, the tech within all has certain limitations for heat generation, such as the primary chips' T-Junction limit, which is essentially the maximum temperature a chip will allow itself to reach before taking its foot off the pedal and dropping power and thermal demands.
And the chip at the centre of the Xbox Series X is built from the very same architecture as the upcoming RX 6000-series GPUs (opens in new tab): RDNA 2. Sure the Series X is reportedly a little on the hot side, but we've seen some steaming PCs over the years and none ready to combust.
Microsoft notes a link to its support website (opens in new tab), which it says is for all non-vape related support questions. There, the company lists some actual known issues with its console right now, including some 4K/120Hz compatibility issues regarding VRR and firmware, some Quick Resume quirkiness, and some incompatible apps.