The Unimaginable Dirt On Your Gaming Consoles

The Unimaginable Dirt On Your Gaming Consoles

The gaming industry has been on the boom since the last decade. The amazing new games, gadgets, consoles and easily available games have increased the popularity immensely. Every other kid or an adult owns the gaming box and are mostly found glued to the screens. It is a sort of addiction that does not seem to end anytime soon.

One thing that no one considers is the hygiene and cleanliness of these devices even though they are being touched now and then. Everyone touches them and eats with one hand on it and one on food, yet no one bothers cleaning it. Like every other item in the house, this needs cleaning as well.

According to research from the Betway Insider, numerous amounts of bacteria accumulate over these devices. The Betway Casino has been at the forefront of casino gaming online. They offer numerous state-of-the-art games to the classic table games along with a Live Casino and pay special attention to the cleanliness of the boards, games, keyboards and other items.  From personal hygiene to food waste, there is a lot that can gather on those devices.

Types of bacteria on your devices

The normal gaming console is considered to be three times dirtier than the toilet seat. From different moulds to human skin, there is a lot of stuff on it. Some of the major bacteria on the consoles are:

1)   Bacillus SPP

They are mostly found in the soil, human skin decaying matter, vegetables, dust and water. They can contaminate your food and affect you badly if contacted.

2)   Staphylococcus SPP

They form a microbial flora on the human skin and animals and can cause skin infections such as abscesses, pyoderma and mastitis.

3)   Mould

This is more like a fungus that is present at home in the damp areas or on the decaying food. It is not harmful unless it is inhaled.

Devices and Bacteria

1)   PlayStation

The Playstation is also the least clean despite being the top-selling gaming console. On analysis of the samples of Playstation, every swab has 72.5 bacteria forming colony units which are 2.4 times what could be found on the toilet seat. The most infected area are the buttons that are being touched by everyone and the colony-forming units over the buttons have come out to be ranging from 190 to 650 units.

2)   PC

Although it is less discussed as a gaming console these days, it has the highest number of bacteria and the worst stats so far. The keyboard reveals 165 colony-forming units per swab which are 4 times that of the toilet seat yet the mouse is the one with the highest number of bacteria so far. Considering the mouse, the number of colony-forming units are around 247.5 which is just slightly less than on a kitchen surface but gets less cleaning than the kitchen. Also, the button on the PC is the dirtiest place as well.

3)   Xbox

Xbox is considered to be one of the cleanest gaming platforms since the colony-forming units were found to be 62.5 per swab which is still double than the toilet seat. However, the triggers had quite less number of around 15 only. The controllers are found to have 82.5 units of bacteria.

4)   Switch

The famous Nintendo Switch is currently the cleanest and safest gaming version with colon-forming bacteria units being 55 per swab. It is still somewhat more than the toilet seat but overall, it is the lowest of all the platforms under observation. The controllers have the same number everywhere while the buttons were still on the higher side which is 62.5

Cleaning your gaming consoles

Even the companies which claim to have made the most hygiene prone devices fail to comply with their claims. If we talk about Xbox, the only less dirty part is the trigger while all the other parts of it are even dirtier than the toilet seat. The aim of all gamers should be to clean their gaming consoles at least once a week to keep themselves safe from bacteria.

Here, how you should be cleaning your console. It is very simple and won’t take much of your time to clean the devices.

  • Unplug your devices to avoid any harm to yourself.
  • Take a cloth and small parts of plastic-friendly, bleach-free liquid cleaner. Dampen the cloth and carefully clean the controller or if you have a PC then, the keyboard and mouse.
  • For cleaning the console, you can use a dry microfiber cloth to clean the fingerprints or any dirt present. Don’t use any solution as the moisture could damage the device.
  • Clean the back of the console as well to keep it dirt free.
  • There are special, deep-reaching gels that could be used for the keys of the keyboard and the buttons of the controllers.

You Probably Didn’t Expect to Do This with Your Phone


Do it with your Phone

It wasn’t so long ago that a telephone was primarily a device used to conduct two-way voice communication. However, a recent Gallop reveals that phone calls now take a backseat to other forms of communication on the smartphone among Millennial users. As you can probably guess, this demographic’s preferred method of communication is via text, email, or video chats.

Though we take it for granted now, no one ever expected that the phone would be used primarily to type out messages on a tiny keyboard with no actual buttons. Think about how crazy that sounds. We can initiate a phone call by literally telling our phone to place a call. Yet we would rather awkwardly tap out messages on a flat screen.

The crazy goes even deeper than that. We don’t even have to type out the message. We can dictate our messages and have them transcribed better than autocorrect can handle our typing. Yet we still prefer to send our messages in the most difficult way available.

So what else are we doing with smartphones today that no one would have guessed 20 years ago? You only need watch a TV show made before 2007 to get a sense of it. You see the characters doing things that make no sense in the modern smartphone era. Here are a few more things those scriptwriters never anticipated:

Professional Camera

Even now, it is still hard to believe that some people are using their smartphone as a professional camera. Several years ago, Apple started seeding newly announced iPhones to fashion and sports photographers. Those efforts would appear on magazine covers and inside those magazines as elaborate spreads.

It was all fun and games until a few years ago, when iPhone cameras became so good that mainstream newspapers started replacing the photography staff with iPhone-wielding reporters. iPhones were never intended for that purpose. Even Apple didn’t expect that to happen.

That is why professional photographers rocking the latest plus-sized iPhone are having to use those BodyGuardz iPhone 8 plus cases as a means of protection. What they hold in their hands represents their means to their livelihood. Other companies are also capitalizing on the fact that professionals in challenging conditions are using smartphones in ways that were previously unanticipated.

Entertainment Machine

There are reports that more video is being consumed on smartphones that big screen TVs. The smartphone has not just taken over television viewing, it has become our comprehensive entertainment machine.

When we want to go play with our way-too-expensive drone, we reach for the smartphone to control it. Pretty soon we won’t even be able to build a Lego playset without needing the phone for the augmented reality game associated with it.

Even before the iPhone, music was becoming an important part of the smartphone experience. But today, the primary way people listen to music is the smartphone, not the radio or with compact discs. Gaming consoles are still a big deal. But smartphones have become the #1 gaming platform by far. It is not even close.

When smartphones first hit the scene, they were all about work. They were glorified PDAs that could also make calls. The market was dominated by Palm, Blackberry, Nokia, and Microsoft. But when the general population got their hands on the technology, the primary use went from productivity to entertainment. And those productivity companies are nowhere to be found in the modern space.

Medical Devices

In 2007, no one thought smartphones would be used as credible medical devices. Well, guess what? In some parts of the world, iPhones are being used for skin exams and eye exams. The Apple Watch, an accessory for the iPhone, has already saved lives by spotting abnormal heartbeats.

This fall with the release of iOS 12, the AirPods, when paired with the iPhone, will work as hearing aids for the hearing impaired. No one expected any brand of consumer smartphone to do anything of the kind. Yet medical professionals are finding more uses for smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets than just patient check-in.

You probably didn’t expect that your phone could help you find and meet your life partner through an app. It probably comes as a surprise that you can control almost everything in your home by telling your phone in plain language what it is you want to be done.

Not all that long ago, no one expected the smartphone to become a professional camera, or the everything entertainment machine, or medical devices that can prevent disease and save lives. If you didn’t see that coming in 2007, you’ll be blown away by what’s just around the corner.