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PlayStation 4 consoles may attract roaches, repairmen say

19 April 2017, 09:46 | Muriel Sparks

Image Jim Cooke

Image Jim Cooke

According to the same Kotaku blog, some console fix techs reported that at least half of the PS4s they service are full of roaches.

Another console repairman said most people don't even realize their console is full of roaches.

Microsoft's Xbox One reportedly suffers from similar issues, though not as frequently, as the system features an external power supply, more popularly referred to as "the brick".

I heard about the PS4's roach problem at an independent console fix shop on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

For starters, the console's wide ventilation grates at the bottom make it easy for roaches to enter. While the Xbox One is sometimes infested too, the PS4 is the more popular device and more welcoming to roaches. Also, according to fix professionals, the PS4's insides gets hotter than the Xbox One's because of its internal power supply.

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Roach-infested PS4s are a big problem. Instead, independent console repairmen have the pleasure of scrubbing the roach crap off your console's power supply.

The internal power supply of the PlayStation 4, compared to the external power supply of the Xbox One, warms up the interior of the console better, and in combination with dark and enclosed spaces, make for a ideal bug hotel for cockroaches.

iFixIt employee Matt Zieminski claimed that, in most cases, owners who send in their PlayStation 4 units for repairs do not know that their console is packed with cockroaches. "Their poop colour is distinct and has a certain smell to it". "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". To get it working again, console repairmen usually replace the power supply. The console is also taken part and cleaned and sterilised with an ultrasonic cleaner. They should also be kept high up from the floor to make it hard for roaches to climb up.

To make your PS4 less attractive to roaches, keep it out in a well-lit, open area, so it can fully disperse heat.



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