Update: The Xbox Series X smoking claims have been largely debunked since they first made the rounds. We've updated our original story below.
According to several reports making the rounds online, multiple Xbox Series X units appeared to be overheating and causing smoke to pour out of the vents as a result. You can see one such example in this viral Reddit post, and another here on Twitter.
However, like most ridiculous things on the internet, these videos were quickly proven to be staged from several sources.
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Is this viral marketing for Firewatch 2? pic.twitter.com/hgYAtQBQx4November 11, 2020
Several Twitter users have reported that it's very easy to make the Xbox Series X look like its smoking by using a vaporizer, so it's entirely possible that these videos were faked using that method.
how to get your Xbox Series X to blow up:1) buy a vape2) blow vape into bottom of Xbox3) feel proud of the smoke you created4) post to Twitter and profit video via @XboxStudio 👇pic.twitter.com/RxLI62uxmgNovember 11, 2020
Even Xbox itself chimed in, with possibly the greatest video game tweet of the year:
We can't believe we have to say this, but please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X.November 11, 2020
However, at least one Reddit user commented that they were having their own legitimate smoking issue, noting that "the smoke had a very funny smell" and that they messaged Microsoft Support.
There are a myriad other Xbox Series X launch issues being reported in this Reddit thread, including Microsoft's console shutting down at random times, not allowing owners to insert discs and causing sudden controller disconnects.
It's not clear how common these issues are just yet, but if you are experiencing any of them, we recommend reaching out to Microsoft Support (opens in new tab).
Several members of the Tom's Guide staff have had an Xbox Series X unit for a few weeks now, and none have had any of the above issues. However, faulty models can oftentimes get out to consumers — especially at a product's launch. Here's hoping that we don't have another red ring issue on our hands.