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Cockroaches love your PlayStation more than you do

If you're not careful, the nasty bugs can cause permanent damage

You could be playing games with cockroach carcasses and not even know it. Credit: Getty Images

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Sony has sold over 53.4 million PlayStation 4 units since the console's launch in early 2013. With plenty of games and an entire virtual reality headset to go with it, it's no surprise the PS4 is popular. Of course, there's one group I don't think even Sony was planning on attracting: the humble and famously resilient cockroach.

Turns out, the PS4 is a perfectly designed roach motel. The ventilation grates are wide enough for a roach to easily slip in and have the run of the place. Then, as you play, the internal power supply gets toasty warm and the bug is in roach heaven, where it's free to roam over sensitive electronics, lay eggs, and—you guessed it—leave roach droppings all over the place. Turns out you've been playing co-op this entire time.

Unfortunately, it's all too easy for a roach to accidentally fry itself on the power supply components. When that happens, not only will you have dead roaches stuck inside your console, but your power supply will be fried to boot (or, never to boot again). Even worse, Sony doesn't handle returns of insect-infested consoles and will send it back to you untouched.

Instead, you'll have to take it to a third party repair shop who will charge a fee for removing the bugs, sterilizing the hardware, and replacing any broken components. Maybe the best option here is to take steps to prevent this from happening in the first place: Store your PS4 up high and outside of an entertainment center to make it a little less appealing to would-be roach gaming partners.