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Why are Steam Deck users obsessed with sniffing the vent?

Why are Steam Deck users obsessed with sniffing the vent?

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Multiple steam deck users are in love with the smell that emanates from the vents of the portable PC. It is even suggested that the seductive aroma imparts Gabe Newell-esque powers. To clarify, probably not, but it’s nice to introduce you.

The Steam Deck was released in February 2022 and it wasn’t long before there were reports of users getting pleasure from sniffing the hot air it radiates. In March, Reddit user ZanfrNFT noted that the smell wouldn’t go away anytime soon, adding that it smelled like “burnt plastic,” only without actual combustion, hopefully.

This was at the beginning of this Steam Deck meme, with many others agreeing to confess their love for sniffing the vent. Now that it’s possible to get Valve’s portable powerhouse without joining an email queue, more users have recently emerged enjoying the electronic fragrance. It should be noted that the smell is only temporary – an indication that it is a brand new device straight out of the box.

It is also not always people who take action. Another Reddit user named Jcwhale posted an image of their cat sniffing the Steam Deck – or so it looks like. There are also manipulated web comics, such as the one by Reddit user OrangelightningZING who reuses a Shen Comix comic to really emphasize their love of sniffing Deck vents.

Outside of Reddit, there are posts on Steam, with users asking if anyone else participates in this olfactory hobby. Pretty much everyone seems to agree that the Deck’s fumes are irresistible.

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As time goes by and more people get their hands on a Steam Deck, the number of users noticing this “new car” smell will increase. It’s probably not a good idea to inhale it like it’s freshly baked bread, but if your device isn’t kept in the best Steam Deck dock, it’s hard to hold it up to your nose for a good whiff.

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