After months of anticipation, the Xbox Series X finally went on sale earlier this week.
Many eager fans have rushed out to buy the new console, with many posting photos of their purchase on social media.
Worryingly, several videos and photos posted online yesterday appeared to show plumes of smoke coming from the console.
One user posted a video, writing: “Tried playing Sonic Unleashed and smoke started coming outta my Xbox Series X.”
Another wrote: “Consoles overheating and going up in smoke. Scary!”
And one added: “I’ve seen various reports of Xbox’s actually smoking. Like, smoke coming out the top of it. You need to sort that ASAP.”
While the videos initially raised concerns of a fault in the Xbox Series X, it now seems that many pranksters had used vape smoke to create the illusion.
Xbox has even been forced to put out a warning against the practice.
It tweeted: “We can’t believe we have to say this, but please do not blow vape smoke into your Xbox Series X.”
It also linked to its support page, added: “For any non-vape related support questions please check out the info here.”
Shoppers flocked to secure pre-orders as they went live, but there have been reports some retailers are already warning shoppers their purchase might not arrive until Christmas.
If you haven’t pre-ordered and still want to pick one up during lockdown, we have listed all the places to buy online below.
Where to order Xbox Series X from