Valve Tells Players To Stop Inhaling Steam Deck Vent Fumes

Excessive inhaling could have some potential repercussions down the road.

Story Highlights

  • Valve confirmed while responding to a player that inhaling Steam Deck vent fumes directly is not advised.
  • The reply was made to a user who was curious about its long-term effect on a person since it is a popular meme.
  • Steam Deck vent fumes give off a certain scent, especially when they are new. It is liked by many handheld owners.

Steam Deck has stood out as one of the most powerful handhelds in recent times. It also apparently smells really good at the rear. Many owners of the handheld love to inhale the fumes that come out of its vent, enjoying the scent. It is no hidden secret, and many openly admit to the activity. As a result, it has become a popular meme among Steam Deck users. Now, Valve has stepped in to address the potential underlying risks from the fumes. 

Valve officially responded to the Redditor u/Metapod100 when he questioned about the potential health hazards of taking a sniff of the vent fumes regularly. He shared the statement iterated by Steam’s spokesperson on the official r/SteamDeck subreddit, clarifying that the activity carries no active health risks. The fumes themselves are not unsafe, but directly sniffing them is still not recommended.

As with all electronics, it is generally not recommended you inhale the exhaust fumes on your device. While there are no safety concerns with general usage, directly inhaling the device’s vent fumes should be avoided,” read the official response.

Valve understands that huffing the Steam Deck vent fumes has become somewhat of an inside joke and a meme among the fans. However, it has still advised players against sniffing it. Despite an oddly pleasant and seemingly harmless smell, it could eventually hurt the health of an addicted gamer. As a result, the Steam’s spokesperson also stated to “refrain from this behavior for the safety of your health.”


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As expected, many users who have already succumbed to the supposed cravings for the fumes have taken the official response as a joke. Some want to be buried with their Steam Decks like a sword buried with a knight in case things go south, while others even refuse to consider giving the habit up. Another group is upset with Valve for joining the other side and not supporting inhaling the fumes of the portable.

All in all, it is a fun thread through and through. It is worth noting that no extended research has been done on the long-term effects of directly inhaling the fumes that come out of your Steam Deck vents. Perhaps that is why Valve intends to stop players from engaging in the activity for the sake of the meme or the scent itself. However, the particular scent so cherished by the handheld owners weakens and eventually disappears over time.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to devoutly keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. His articles have been cited by VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more.

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