Xbox Series X users film new console ‘catching FIRE’ – but Microsoft hints that it’s a hoax


USERS of the new Xbox Series X are claiming their consoles are going up in smoke days after receiving them.

Viral footage sweeping social media this week appears to show Microsoft’s £449 machine billowing steam in various people’s living rooms.

Footage of Xbox Series X consoles ‘smoking’ days after launch have gone viral online – though they appear to be fake

However, multiple people responding to the posts have cast doubt on the legitimacy of the clips.

Microsoft appeared to query the veracity of the clips in a tongue-in-cheek tweet on Wednesday.

The fiasco started with a tweet shared Tuesday by Xbox Series X owner Arek Adamowicz.

Tagging the Xbox Poland account in the post, they shared a video of what appeared to be an Xbox Series X with smoke pouring out of the top vent.

Twitter user Xbox Studio showed the same effect could be achieved using vape pen

Similar footage was posted by Twitter user Nick Blanco. Both clips seemed to suggest the issue began within two minutes of switching the console on.

In response to the tweets, users highlighted that the “smoke” clouds looked suspiciously like the vapour produced by a vape pen.

One person tweeted: “Not meaning to pry but you’re not vaping just above your console order to make it seem like it’s smoking right?”

Another said: “Electrical smoke is much darker and more dense. This is vape.”

The Xbox Series X has a tall, boxy design that’s markedly different from previous models

Twitter user @XboxStudio then posted a video revealing that the same effect could be achieved by blowing vape smoke into the console’s vents.

They suggested the viral clips were “fake news”.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Microsoft suggested the footage did not show real smoke.

“We can’t believe we have to say this, but please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X,” the official Xbox Twitter account wrote.

The Xbox Series S (left) and Series X side by side

Microsoft released two new consoles – the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S – worldwide on November 10.

The gaming machines can process graphics in up to 8K and boast powerful engines that almost eliminte loading times.

The Series X is on sale for £449, while the Series S – which is smaller and has no disc drive – ships for £249.

They’re up against stiff competition in the form of the £449 PlayStation 5, which Sony launched in the US, Japan and other markets today.

In other news, upcoming blockbuster Xbox exclusive game The Medium is on the verge of a ban in Australia.

Read our full reviews of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

And here’s how the consoles line up against their biggest rival, the PlayStation 5.

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