Whelp… This is gross.
Roaches love the PlayStation 4. They love all places warm and dark, but the PS4? They’re into that console because of its innards and the size of its vents. They skitter in, make a nice home for themselves and make it harder for your console to, well, play games.
This is such a problem that Kotaku was able to track down console repair folks and talk to them about the issue. They see roach-infested PS4s roughly once a week, and they even have a roach cleaning fee set at $25. Of course, that won’t stop the roaches that actually live in your house. You’ll need to get an exterminator for that.
What can you do to avoid an infestation?
Aside from keeping clean and making sure your neighbors don’t have bugs (good luck if they do and you’re in an apartment, friend), you’ll want to keep your PS4 up high and well ventilated.
Matt Zieminski of IFixit, a console repair company and well-known mobile tear down group, told Kotaku that users don’t normally know their systems are infested. He explained that, “Roaches leave traces… Their poop color 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.”
Take a look. Clean up. Move your system. Maybe don’t leave any crumbs on the floor.