Sony is Quietly Upgrading PlayStation 4 Hard Drives

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Sony is said to be building the PlayStation 5, a successor to the PlayStation 4 to lead the console market. But the results are so gross Sony won't fix PS4s with roaches in them, writes Kotaku's Cecilia D'Anastasio, sending mystified owners into the arms of disgusted local fix shops.

The new version of the PlayStation will come with 4K games and videos.

This becomes a serious problem for gamers when fried roaches stuck inside of these piping hot consoles tend to break that hot internal power supply, making the PS4 incapable of turning on.

While the Xbox One proves to be an acceptable home for the roaches, console repairmen say that they tend to get more PS4s for fix in the shop - probably because there are more PS4s sold today than its competitors. It's gotten so bad that some stores have an established "roach fee" and others claim half of the PS4s they receive to fix are chock-full of these tiny creeps. "Those are bags full of roaches". While the Xbox One is sometimes infested too, the PS4 is the more popular device and more welcoming to roaches. Especially because Sony won't take them in for repairs (Sony did not provide comment). As it turns out, these disgusting critters specifically love hiding inside the popular video game console for a number of reasons. The PS4s just stop working and the owners don't know why. Matt Zieminski, who works for console fix suite IFixit, told me that most of the time, the consoles aren't sent in for roach cleaning - the users don't know they're infested.

If you live in a country or an area where cockroaches are common, storing the console off the floor with good ventilation helps minimise your risk, as does keeping your home clean (roaches like to have good access to food). Why do more roaches choose the PS4? "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", says Zieminski. Try to find a place to put your console that isn't the floor. Kotaku recommends storing your consoles out in the open where they have room to breathe, and stored high up, where roaches can't climb.



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