Rumor: Xbox One Leaking Liquid? Two Issues Reported

Karam Elahi from SpawnFirst reports: "A couple of users on the Xbox Support forums are complaining about quite an unusual issue with their Xbox Ones. Their Xbox Ones were allegedly leaking a liquid that was leaving a milky-white residue, from inside the console itself."


Update: Cynical Anarchy has provided some pictures of the staining. The article has been updated.

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Kingthrash3601328d ago (Edited 1328d ago )

dear god! really?!?
lol from green screen to disc grinding to smokeing to...leaking?!?!? lol xbox is truly all in ONE.
lol i kid, i kid.
but thats just nightmarish if true.
this is something i gotta see to beleive.

ShinMaster1328d ago ShowReplies(5)
gaffyh1328d ago

I think this one is BS honestly. Thermal compound that the console manufacturers use is usually very thick, and grey in colour.

Could it just be condensation from the environment thats gone into the console?

karamsoul1328d ago

That could be a possibility as well.

Mister_Dawg1328d ago


You're right about the compound. Plus very little is used and it would never 'leak'.
Another bullsh!t Sony fanboy article.

ajax171328d ago

Definitely. If my console started leaking a liquid the first thing I would do is take pictures/videos. The fact that there are none proves this is bs.

DEIx15x81328d ago (Edited 1328d ago )


There is one major problem with those pictures. How does liquid drip up? Does the Xbox One now defy gravity and leak? The vents that have the stain are on the top of the console so those are clearly pictures of someone who spilled something on to their Xbox One, and I do not want to know what.

The Xbox One also says in all of it's documentation that the console should only ever be used in a horizontal position so having it vertical would not be a valid reason behind it and still wouldn't make a mark like that.

That console also looks rather filthy in general. It appears to have a lot of spots and sticky areas on the top of it in general which looks like a rather abusive or careless owner.

Nafon1328d ago

I find it hard to believe that the fan sucked the "capacitor leakage" from the motherboard and deposited it on the plastic vent. Im more inclined to believe that he spilled something on it lol

trancefreak1328d ago (Edited 1328d ago )

I wonder why the photos we get on these issues are shot from a cellphone camera from 2001.

I always take quality pics of my electronics when I get them. This is usually to protect me in the event of any said issue. Especially a motherboard with bent socket pins just in case.

I can't say one way or another if this guy has a real issue with his Xbox One or not, but crap photos will not cut it in 2013.

I can say this though that people will make up BS stories when the fault is caused by the end user as well. Perhaps an accidental spill landed inside the device and the fan (dunno the directional flow) kicked it out.

A capacitor electrolyte leak would not even come close to that amount. If it was an HVAC compressor capacitor around 5 μF would be believable but this hell no.

I have never seen electrolysis that bad on a computer component.

I don't own an XBOX ONE but this is highly suspicious.

AndrewLB1328d ago

Funny how this "fluid" seems to defy gravity and somehow make its way up, through the fan, and then settle on the top of the Xbone. Even if the fan was powerful enough to create the lift necessary to do such a thing, it would be flung horizontally from the central fan motor.

Btw... there are no "wet" capacitors under that location, only solid caps. It also couldn't be thermal compound because heat dries compounds out, plus you'd need a TON of the anti-gravity type.

Lastly, someone said it's liquid from the APU heatsink's heatpipes. While it's true those heatpipes are filled with a liquid, it's only a liquid while under pressure in the enclosed pipe. Once you rupture a heat pipe, the fluid becomes a gas and disappears.

nukeitall1327d ago

More bad "journalism" (if you can even call it that) from spawnfirst.

This is highly suspicious with low resolution pictures, the fact that nobody else reported it, and the fact that the image leakage makes no sense coming out the top when gravity pulls down!

GameSpawn1327d ago (Edited 1327d ago )

I don't know about the legitimacy of this issue, but I can speak about exploding capacitors from my experience.

Capacitors CAN explode. Hell I was in the room when I witnessed one go in my power supply in my now ancient desktop. There was a nice loud POP, a flash of light from the power supply, a god awful sickening smell, and obviously a sudden powering down of my computer. I took apart the power supply to see just how bad it was and one of the larger main caps in the power supply popped its "cap" and spewed "ooze" straight out the top into the casing of the power supply -- the "ooze" is the insulating fluid they fill capacitors with that rests between two conductors to make a capacitor actually work -- ain't physics fun.

BTW, this is similar to what blew in my old power supply (big guy, huh?):

In computer repair I've also seen MANY a computer (laptops and desktops) come in with blown caps -- from motherboards, to graphics cards, and power supplies. I know the symptoms and the smells.

That said -- to anyone with an Xbox One or really any electronics device that uses sizable capacitors, if you smell something that makes you a little sick to your stomach and your device is acting odd or shuts off after short times of use, you probably have had a capacitor go. Capacitors are mainly used to regulate power flow and act as temporary "batteries" in electronics so power issues usually coincide with capacitor problems.

P0werVR1327d ago (Edited 1327d ago )

As the article has stated, the fact of the matter that this issue is rare simply because it's easy to take pics of these issues and post em' online or through youtube. IF it was as prevalent. With few of these articles the past month I'm always on edge about my console and checking in with family and friends if there's has had any issues. So far fortunately no one has had issues that I know of. Which questions these rare issues that happen.

stellarock4201327d ago

sounds like it could be battery acid but i don't think that could be being that the only battery would be the bios like you find in common pc's

Deeke1327d ago

Yeah Thermal Compound seems the most likely culprit in this case....

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Funantic11328d ago

2 out of 2.5 million consoles ain't bad at all.

ZombieKiller1328d ago

Haha yeah not bad until it leaks all over your PS4....

LKHGFDSA1328d ago

I imagine most people wouldn't report it online.

lolCHILLbro1328d ago

Me and my 5 friends all have Xbox Ones, not 1 issue we had, sorry to inform everyone but the hardware is pretty good so far

ZombieKiller1328d ago

Then why are you sorry to inform everyone?

That's a good thing right?

AceBlazer131328d ago

Didn't know you and your friend were the world.Someone call NASA.

Not saying the hardware isn't good, but don't just dismiss issues cause they don't affect you.

The issues with the xbone may not be widespread but they sure do vary. Each one is like a mystery box.

Kingthrash3601328d ago

well effing said *tips hat

Magicite1328d ago

No, its crap. There, I have said it.

creatchee1328d ago


"Not saying the hardware isn't good, but don't just dismiss issues cause they don't affect you.

Here's what you said in a PS4 hardware issues thread.

"you take the number of ppl complaining about failed ps4s to the ones saying it's working fine you sure as hell won't come to 40%. so put that figure back up your ass, where it came from. #1.1.4

42d ago by AceBlazer13 | View comment"

Ohhhhhhhhhh the hypocrisy

calis1328d ago

lol, how far did you have to troll his comments to make that desperately loose connection.

One is talking about dismissing the issue, the other is dismissing the percentage.

SLUG1328d ago

my xbox one is doing very good it has no problems

lifeisgamesok1328d ago

Yeah I bet most of these issues are from people that don't even own One

The only issue I had was the Blu-Ray audio synching and that has only happened once

karamsoul1328d ago

Yeah, my Xbox One has been flawless as well, ever since I purchased it at launch. But please don't downplay issues that other Xbox One owners might be having.

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awi59511327d ago


Its a bigger sample that this article has so its more important.

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Magicite1328d ago

RROD will be a dream compared to what this marvel might show us in time.

mrpsychoticstalker1328d ago

So this is news? Lol, sony fanboys should just get a new game and play instead of dig and write this kind of articles.

This is hilarious!

Better yet, get an xbox one .... they have a vast variety of games to play.

Whymii1328d ago

Vast? I agree with you, but we obviously have different definitions of vast.


How would this not be news? There are consoles leaking for crying out loud. I agree to the "let's not bllow this out of proportion" stance, but seriously, if you think it's not news worth when something like that happens than you are the kind of guy that wouldn't care about a particular plane crash because all the other planes are flying just right.

AndrewLB1327d ago

Bishop- Please explain what fluid is present inside the Xbox one that defies gravity?

Hint: There are no "wet" caps below that location on the motherboard, and the fluid in the heatsink's heat-pipes immediately turns into gas when the pipe is ruptured because it's only a liquid due to high pressure. That only leaves thermal compound... which in my 25 years of building computers, never once have I seen thermal compound of any type run around the sides of the heatsink, up through the fins, then magically float through the