Anytime a firm has to start a tweet with “We can’t believe we have to say this,” you simply know you’re in for some actual 2020-level nonsense. Microsoft’s Xbox division did simply that on Wednesday in response to viral movies that show smoke popping out of the top of its newly released Xbox Series X.
The tech giant waded into a meme-filled mess apparently began by web trolls who hoped to make it look like Microsoft’s next-generation gaming console was catching fire. In actuality, it looks as if customers are blowing vape smoke into the $500 console and recording the effect as smoke billows from the top of the black tower above the gadget’s inner fan.
At least one video on Twitter has attracted tens of millions of views — and a entire host of replies starting from hilarious to horrible.
“Please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X,” Microsoft tweeted on the lots.
— Arek Adamowicz (@Arek_Adamowicz) November 11, 2020
We cannot consider we have to say this, but please don’t blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X.
— Xbox (@Xbox) November 11, 2020
Another video walks viewers via how the hoax may very well be pulled off and exhibits vape smoke being blown close to the underside of the console that makes its approach out of the top.
CANSADO de las FAKE NEWS.
Os dejo un video MIO explicando porque es Fake lo de la consola “Quemada” y como han logrado este efecto incluso estando la consola “APAGADA” pic.twitter.com/LfXzIBSu6N
— Xbox Studio (@XboxStudio) November 11, 2020
Beyond its tweet, a Microsoft spokesperson said in a assertion to Geekwire, “We take all product safety reports seriously and our products meet or exceed industry standards. Findings from our initial investigations do not align with some of the claims being broadly reported, however we are in the process of investigating further.”
The whole ordeal comes at a time when trusting what we see on the web is a main, ongoing concern. But different tech giant’s are coping with actual issues round units truly catching fire. Amazon-owned Ring, for instance, introduced this week that it’s recalling 350,000 of its video doorbells after reports that the safety units may pose a fire hazard when put in improperly.
While we look forward to the smoke to clear on this obvious non-issue for Xbox, try some more of the response:
Nintendo: Don’t lick the catridges
Xbox: Don’t vape inside your Xbox
marvel what idiotic factor Sony will have to warn towards
— Terence ‘The Duke Of Videogames’ Wiggins (@TheBlackNerd) November 12, 2020
Dank Box 420
— Steven Spohn (Spawn) (@stevenspohn) November 12, 2020
— jeehaisse (@jeehaisse) November 11, 2020
What in regards to the setting?
Not cool microsoft smh pic.twitter.com/JocNSFRgrY
— 🐧Zorah is ready for elden ring 😔 (@MrZoro55r) November 11, 2020