The Strangely Dense Smoke Coming from the Series X Consoles is Apparently a Trick

Your Series X is fine

Xbox Series S/X launched yesterday. Surprisingly, many retailers were able to deliver most of the pre-orders (read not all) on launch day. While the availability was made a bit streamlined, it was only online considering the COVID-19 situation in the US and most European nations. Early reviews of both consoles have been great. The console is dubbed as a quiet beast that excels at 4K gaming. Microsoft could not deliver on the software (launch day titles) front, but the hardware is more than capable.

Talking about hardware, many early adopters have reported that the console overheats and emits dense smoke. Social media sites are replete with such videos where people are sharing that the dense smoke is coming out of the console. The smoke is apparently so dense users feel that the console will burst into flames any second.

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The important thing to note here is that no reviewer has reported on such behavior, and many of them have the console for more than 3 weeks now. According to a german tech site, winfuture, it seems the ‘smoking’ situation is actually a ploy by some over-enthusiastic people who are using e-cigarettes behind the scenes and making it seem like the smoke is actually coming from inside the console. Windows Central also reports that there is no such thing inside the Series X console that would burn with such a strong smoke like the one shown in the videos.

There is no need to worry about the overheating issues as the console easily maintains favorable temperatures even at load. However, the overheating can conclusively be tested once more demanding titles are out.

Mohsin Naeem


Mohsin is a budding writer who has a thing for PC hardware and gaming. He has been building computers according to the need of his clients and is well versed in the area. He is an economics major and the analytical skills he learned from his academics adds to his writing and gives him a unique way to observe the tech industry.