There Are Probably Roaches In Your PS4 Right Now - Tips To Avoid It
Illustration by Jim Cooke for Kotaku
When I woke up this morning, I had no idea i'd be writing about roach-infested PS4's. In fact, I have never even heard of such a thing. Apparently, cockroaches LOVE PS4's according to a recent Kotaku article.
A reporter for Kotaku went to a local gaming repair shop in NYC to get the low-down. And my god, I wish I knew less. The shop says they see at least 1 roach-infested PS4 a week. While the Xbox One also sees roaches, the numbers are not nearly as much as the PS4.
So why is this the case? Why do roaches love the PS4? The answer is surprisingly simple. PS4's have an internal hard drive that make it nice and toasty for a cockroach to call home.
Here's a video that better explains how and why cockroaches love PS4's. (no roaches are seen the video)
An experienced repairman can spot a roach-infested console immediately. Even if the owner only knows that "it just won't turn on." That's because roaches can touch the wrong parts and fry the insides, including themselves.
“We kind of know right off the bat if there are poop stains on the vent of the fan — we assume it’s bug-loaded.”
The shop charges $25 extra dollar for "debugging" consoles. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Tips to keep your PS4 cockroach-free:
I recommend never having your PS4 on the floor, especially if you live in a city. Always put it up higher, where a roach can't reach it. Store you PS4 in a well-lit area. Cockroaches love dark places. It doesn't hurt to clean your room once in a while either.
Sony reportedly does not repair bug-infested PS4's so it's in your best interest to follow these guidelines.