Video of Woman Cleaning PlayStation 4 in a Sink Watched 70m Times

A woman decided to wash a PlayStation 4 in the sink with soap, with footage of the deep-clean watched more than 70 million times.

Erica uploaded a clip to her TikTok account, @not_erica_, on Monday, showing off the dusty console, which in all fairness looks like it could use a wipe.

Rather than going over it with a cloth, Erica, from Australia, dunked it in the sink, and got out a toothbrush to scrub all the hard-to-reach ports and plugs.

"Cleaned my BFs game boy thingy! Thank you @geebmouth for showing me how," she captioned the clip.

The on-screen caption said: "Surprised my boyfriend by cleaning his PS4," along with heart emojis. She filmed the soapy device, and after washing it she pops it back on the shelf, with a note on top saying "all clean love you."

Inevitably breaking the games console, it's widely thought the video was either a stunt. In the comments she joked: "Omg someone help please it's not turning on."

The video, which can be seen here, has since amassed more than 70 million views, as people shared their thoughts on the suspected prank.

Erica uploaded a further four videos, as she seemingly feigned shock that it had stopped working.

@not_erica_

Cleaned my BFs game boy thingy! Thank you @geebmouth for showing me how 🥰❤️

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In a follow-up video, shared on Tuesday, she filmed herself talking to the console, telling it to "work." She captioned the clip, viewed more than four million times: "Hopefully it works again before he plays a game."

And she kept the ruse going, as she shared yet another clip trying out "suggestions" from people over how it can be fixed.

"Still looking for ways to get it working," she captioned the video, which saw her cover the piece of tech in uncooked rice. Next she put the games console in the oven, although it can't be confirmed whether it was switched on or not.

Next she scrolled through online listings after someone recommended buying a new one, but promptly slams her laptop shut after seeing prices on her screen exceed $1,000. Lastly, she acts out leaving, as she films herself walking out the house with a suitcase.

A brand new PS4 only costs $409 Australian dollars, from Target, but she probably won't be upgrading to a PlayStation 5 any time soon, amid global shortages of the console.

High demand since the updated model launched last November has seen customers scrambling to get their hands on one, as supplies failed to meet demand.

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, told Reuters last month: "We've built more PlayStations faster than we ever have before which makes me happy. But on the other hand, we're some time from being able to meet all the demand that's out there, which makes me feel bad.

"Our partners are performing really well for us, but the chip shortage is definitely a challenge that we are all navigating."

The crux of the issue is a shortage in chips, known as semiconductors, believed to have been caused by a surge in demand coupled with disruptions caused by the pandemic, amid other complications, the BBC noted.

And it's not just Sony that's been affected, with car manufacturers Toyota, Ford and Volvo, along with Apple, all feeling the effects, the website added.

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Reply to @ilaydatrcnn thanks for the suggestion!! Still looking for ways to get it working 😫 #ps4

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Back in the videos, after people pointed out she should use uncooked rice, rather than cooked, she filmed yet another video pouring grains over the broken PS4.

Among the tongue-in-cheek clips Erica also shared grabs from her various inboxes, revealing she'd received a backlash over the videos. Numerous people defended her in the comments, as the clips are widely believed to be a joke.

"It's funny how people can't see this is obviously satire," Aiden said.

Little Controversial said: "5 videos that are painfully obvious that it's a joke and ya'll haven't figured out it's satire? Pathetic."

Davion J commented: "If you ain't realized it's a joke by now you're lost."

Although going along with the prank, Sierra Harman recommended: "Have you tried to turn it off and turn it back on? That usually does the trick."

Newsweek reached out to Erica for a comment.

Man holds a PlayStation 4 console.
A man holds a PlayStation 4 console during the Black Friday sale at an Aeon supermarket on November 25, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. A video of a woman washing the games console has been viewed more than 70 million times. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images