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PlayStation vs Xbox Which Console is the Dirtiest


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Ever since Microsoft entered the gaming market in 2001, it has created a video game debate that has replaced Nintendo vs Sega. Which videogame system is the best: PlayStation or Xbox? 

It is a discussion that has went on for two decades – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Sales figures point in the direction of Sony’s gaming franchise as being the king, but Xbox fans will highlight the extra power as to why their console of choice is number one.

There are many other points for both sides, of course, but there’s one certain category where neither wants to reign supreme: the dirtiest console. Yet, thanks to the experts at Online Casino Betway, their research has revealed which is the filthiest between PlayStation and Xbox. 

So, which is dirtiest? 

In their research, Betway used a colony-forming bacteria unit scale taken per swab. The scale is also based on the median number. 

With that out of the way, this article will first take a look at the results for PlayStation. Measuring the PlayStation system itself, it came in with a 72.5 score for colony-forming bacteria units. To put this into perspective, a toilet seat has a score of 30 units. That’s right – a PlayStation console is close to two-and-a-half times as bacteria-infested as a toilet seat! 

However, the important statistic is how it stacks up against the Xbox. Well, you might be surprised to find out that the Xbox is judged to be the cleaner of the two. The Xbox displayed a 62.5 score for colony-forming units. That’s a significant ten units lower than the PlayStation. 

A look at the controllers

Of course, this comparison wouldn’t be complete without taking a closer look at the controllers of each respective console. After all, you’re not handling the actual systems each day, but those controllers are in your mitts on a regular basis. 

Starting with the PlayStation again, the buttons and joysticks were reported to boast the unwanted number of 190 colony-forming units. The handles had 73 colonies of bacteria, while the triggers were at a relatively low 33 units – still higher than a toilet seat, mind. 

As for the Xbox controller, the handles were ten units higher – at 83 colonies of bacteria – when compared to the PlayStation. This was the only area where it performed worse, however. The buttons and joysticks were remarkably lower at 63 colony-forming units, as were the triggers at 15 units.  

Despite these figures, this doesn’t mean your Xbox controller is only as dirty as those numbers suggest. Research found one specific Xbox controller’s buttons were tested at a disgusting 5,614 colony-forming units. It wasn’t confirmed if this controller was first submerged in a septic tank… 

The result: PlayStation is the dirtiest 

Whether it is the console or the controller, the PlayStation is officially recognized as the dirtiest major videogame system on the market. There’s not even a saving grace with the Nintendo Switch, as this is cleaner than both (55 colony-forming units for the console and Joy-Cons) by a significant margin, but is still worse than a toilet seat. 

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.
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