Valve advises players to stop smelling the fumes from their Steam Decks

by Danny Craig  · 
Valve advises players to stop smelling the fumes from their Steam Decks

As bizarre as it may sound, Valve has now advised Steam Deck owners to stop sniffing their systems' vents after some users expressed their love for the smell of the fumes.

The details:

  • The smell of the fumes that come out of the handheld system's vents has become something of an ongoing meme on the Steam Deck subreddit, with most users making jokes about the smell, while others appear to be more genuine about the subject. One user described the scent as "bloody delightful," while another asked, “Is it ok to give the vent an occasional sniff?” and stated that it was “not a meme.”

  • Over a year after the joke began, Reddit user Metapod100 thought it would be a good idea to ask Steam Support whether it was safe to "inhale the exhaust fumes from the top of the Steam Deck Vent." To no one's surprise, it turns out that it is not recommended, and that while "there are no safety concerns with general usage," intentionally inhaling the fumes is not good for your health. Still, this isn't stopping Metapod100, who added, "Eh. I’m just going to keep doing it."

  • This situation is somewhat similar to when people were licking Nintendo Switch cartridges in 2017 after it was revealed that they were coated in an unpleasant, bitter substance. Nintendo confirmed that the non-toxic coating was intended to discourage children from putting the cartridges in their mouths, though adults gave it a shot anyway.

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