Microsoft has a tiny favor to ask of gamers: Please don't blow vape smoke into your $499 Xbox Series X

Nick Romano
·2 min read


Microsoft has a teeny tiny favor to ask of new Xbox Series X customers that seems totally reasonable. But at the same time, it is 2020, the year where the morality bar is so very low. So, maybe it does need to be said.

"We can't believe we have to say this," the tech company wrote in one unusual tweet that went out on Wednesday night, "but please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X."

You might be pondering what the social media manager over at Xbox is smoking and how you might be able to partake, or maybe you've seen some of the videos that prompted this official response.

The $499 next-gen console system officially arrived on Tuesday and, soon after, videos began emerging on social media that appeared to show smoke billowing out from the top of the Xbox. Was this the system malfunctioning and overheating? That's what some initially believed, but the answer is dumber than that.

Other users connected the dots and figured out that the smoke looks an awful lot like smoke from a vape and set out to show that you can get the exact same effect by taking a drag from a pen, blowing into the console, and watching the fumes waft out from the top. Some of these videos have racked up millions of views online, which, at the end of the day, isn't that the point anyone does anything on the internet?

So, just to recap, some people decided to buy a $499 videogame console (not including tax or shipping costs) that is sold out virtually everywhere online due to high pre-order demand and thought maybe it was a good idea to blow literal smoke up its proverbial arse. As an official notice that you probably shouldn't do this, Microsoft then felt the need to intervene in this conversation.

And yet, this isn't totally the wackiest thing to happen in the year of our Lord 2020.

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