What is a refurbished game console?
The video game industry is a multibillion-dollar industry—we are talking a lot of money! Think about it, if millions of people around the world are purchasing consoles, games, subscriptions to online accounts, controllers, add ons, etc., it really does begin to add up. If you are looking for a new console these days, it can be a tricky thing, simply because there are so many to choose from.
They range in price, features, and in the game selection that you can choose from, so which one should you buy? Also, should you buy it new or refurbished? What is a refurbished game console? This is what we are going to discuss today, and hopefully guide you towards a final purchase decision.
So sometimes when you go into a gaming store, you will find new consoles on sale and then you will find ones at a discounted price that states they have been “refurbished.” This word can sometimes be misleading and confusing for many. Before we can talk about which system you should buy, let’s talk about the refurbishing process.
A refurbished console is basically a “used” console. They have all been used before and were bought by someone before you. This person, for whatever reason, gave it to a store for a credit to either buy something new or get a refund.
The reasons for returning a console are many and can stem from problems with the system or simply because a person wanted to upgrade to a newer system. Whatever the case may be, these stores take the system and then “refurbish” it.
This is done by making the system work as good as new again, and then they can sell it at a discounted price. They do a thorough wipe and clean of the system and fully reboot it, like you would a computer. Refurbishing a system can also mean taking the system apart and upgrading a single drive or part to get it working again.
Should you buy one? What is a refurbished game console?
There is no definitive answer to this question because there are a variety of opinions with a variety of experiences. We cannot go forward without saying, yes there have been horror stories of people buying a refurbished system that breaks down on them within the first few months.
Usually refurbished system are final sale only, with no return policy, so it would definitely waste a lot of your money. With that being said however, there are more cases of people raving that the refurbished system they got worked as good as new! So why would you buy a new console, if you can buy one for less money with it working just as good? Many people do want that “new” feel you get with a console, knowing that it does not have any problems.
However, if you are on a budget and really want a great system to buy, we strongly recommend finding one refurbished as usually they do work great. If you are worried, talk to the store manager and talk about the process with them—what they do to them, etc. If you feel comfortable buy one!
A system we recommend
We wanted to finish off today by detailing a system that we think is great, especially if you want an affordable one refurbished. It is the classic Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, which is a modern spin on a classic console.
What Nintendo has done here is taken the old classic NES system and upgraded it for the present day. This has the original look and feel of the original system, but it is smaller, sleeker and already comes with 30 games already loaded on the device.
If you ever owned a NES system, you know the classic technique of blowing on the device in order to get the game to work. This is not the case with the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, as the games are right on the system and you can choose them from the main screen.
Some of these games include: Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, PAC-MAN, and the Legend of Zelda. This is a great system, and one you should consider if you’re looking for classic gaming at its finest!