Xbox Series X Can Seemingly Make Ping Pong Balls Float

In a major blow in the console wars, it has been discovered that air from the Xbox Series X’s top vent can apparently be used to make a ping pong ball float.

As shown off by SnowFlakesMilkHoney on Reddit, the console’s large heatsink can seemingly keep a ping pong ball aloft. Presumably, the more powerful the game, the higher it floats – and suddenly I want this to become a part of our new Performance Review series standard tests.

Image credit: u/SnowFlakesMilkHoney

It’s a discovery that immediately led the Internet to demand that Xbox include a ping pong ball with every Xbox Series X – preferably a green one with an X painted on it.

If you want to know why this works, it’s an example of Bernoulli’s Principle – the faster air moves, the lower its pressure, meaning high-pressure air keeps the ping pong ball within the column of low pressure air. The ball stays stationary at the point the force of gravity and the force of the air reach the same level. Science!

For more on Xbox Series X, you could read our full review of the console, about how scalpers are already trying to sell it for $1000, or check out our tips on what to do first with the console. Or you could run out and buy a bunch of ping pong balls. Your choice.


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