Xbox Smoking: Microsoft Comments on Viral Videos

The Xbox Series X and Series S have both recently launched worldwide for consumers, though [...]

The Xbox Series X and Series S have both recently launched worldwide for consumers, though Microsoft is going viral due to some videos on social media that depict the console producing clouds of "smoke" from the air vents as if they're overheating. These clips quickly became part of the post-launch narrative, even though many of them were determined to be fake; in fact, it was determined that people were literally using vapes to blow smoke into their consoles, causing them to blow out smoke on video. But even these may be fake, Microsoft is still responding to gamers' concerns and investigating them as if they were legitimate issues. Xbox issued a statement that details their response to the issue.

"We take all product safety reports seriously and our products meet or exceed industry standards," a representative for Microsoft tells "We are in the process of investigating further." You can check out the sort of videos that are being circulated below:

Launch issues for consoles are far from uncommon. Early adopters have, in the past, reported a variety of problems for Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo consoles. Joy-con drift is still a problem to this day! But at least in this instance, it would appear that the "smoking" Xbox Series X videos are a bunch of malarkey, even if Xbox is basically forced to take it seriously, so at least there's that.

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are both now available for $499 and $299, respectively. You can also check out our official review of the Xbox Series X right here. You can check out all of our previous coverage of Xbox right here.

Have you had a chance to play the Xbox Series X as of yet? Or have you been waiting for the PlayStation 5 to release? Let us know in the comments, or feel free to hit me up directly over on Twitter at @rollinbishop to talk about all things gaming!