Gamers welcomed Microsoft’s record-setting Xbox Series X launch with vaping memes

    
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The release of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Series S systems has reportedly been one of the largest for the company, at least according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who shared in a tweet that the latest generation marks the largest launch in Xbox history. “In 24 hrs more new consoles sold, in more countries, than ever before,” Spencer writes. “We’re working with retail to resupply as quickly as possible. You continue to show us the connective power of play is more important than ever.”

Why aren’t we getting exact numbers? According to an interview with Spencer from The Guardian, it’s because he wants those working for Xbox to focus on player numbers instead of console unit sale numbers. “I don’t want my team’s focus on [console sales]. The primary outcome of all the work that we do is how many players we see, and how often they play. That is what drives Xbox,” he says.

The Xbox Series X launch has also been a source of some pretty brilliant internet humor related to viral footage of smoking Series X systems, which appear to be staged using vape smoke. We’ll share our favorites below after the break, but one should heed the advice from Xbox’s official Twitter, which warned against blowing vape smoke into the system with an audible sigh.

sources: Twitter (1, 2), The Guardian, Polygon
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Paragon Lost

Yep, vaping vape smoke into computer hardware is totally a smart thing to do. /s

On a more serious note, I’d not buy the S model, save up another month or two if money is tight and get the X model. The S model is seriously crimped if you ask me and you’ll note be near as happy as you would be with the X model.

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Java Jawa

These things are a myth around here, no one’s seen one yet in the wild!

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Arktouros

I want a mini whacky-wavy inflatable tube man for the top of my Xbox Series X.

Otherwise loving the performance. I hated the load times on my Xbox One S, pretty much gone entirely on the new Series X. Not going to replace my PC as my main gaming, but it’s really nice sometimes to just kick back in a recliner and continue playing the same game with the same progress.

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Schmidt.Capela

Unfortunately for me, while I love the idea of cross-buy and sharing progression between PC and console, I value my ability to mod games more — including those without official modding support. And not only modding isn’t feasible for console games without official mod support, even on the PC the DRM used by the Windows store kinda blocks modding. So, for the time being at least, I will keep using Steam’s remote play (which is natively supported by my TV) in order to play games, even modded ones, from my living room.

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Arktouros

I tried the Steambox, which yes it lets you stream games to the TV I found this lackluster for many reasons. The latency over broadband, even with 5 Ghz, was pretty poor despite the computer/router it was streaming from was like 20ft away in the next room. It wasn’t so bad to be unplayable, but it kicked up at annoying points. The big thing though was none of the game UIs or otherwise was really built for a controller. I remember trying to do Elder Scrolls Online because it had an actual controller setup built in and it was all just not quite there compared to the console version which all just worked very smoothly because it was designed for it.

The number one reason I never got into consoles prior to Nintendo Switch (for fam stuff) and now Xbox was because of the constant exclusivity deals garbage that went on for a decade+. The idea that it doesn’t matter what device I’m using be it PC or Xbox or phone that I can just play my games is pretty much what I’ve wanted for years.

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BalsBigBrother

I thought the floating ping pong ball one was funny even though I know it’s fake. I mean if it could that is a next gen console feature I could get behind and would keep cats entertained too, value for money.

The PS5 went with the big as a skyscraper meme when it was announced and I am sure those will be trotted out again along with other things in due course.

Oh and to the folks on twitter that were taking this all too seriously and getting mad at these. Learn to laugh life is much better when you can.

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Bryan Correll

I think Twitter was been considering a ban on humor.