Everything you need to know before you buy a second hand refurbished PS4
A refurbished PS4 is often the best choice for people looking to remove what is typically the biggest barrier of entry to purchasing a games console: price. That’s why we at Console Deals pull in and compare prices, not just for new PS4 units off the shelf, but refurbished, pre-owned and second hand ones too. As of November 2018, the PS4 has sold a staggering 88 million units worldwide since its launch. A fair few of those will have been traded in, refurbished and then ready to be sold back to consumers – always for just a fraction of the PS4’s standard RRP.
The second hand PS4 refurbishment process
When a second hand PS4 arrives to the store for trade-in, the relevant retailer will complete its own bespoke series of checks and refurbishment techniques. There are a few standard protocols most can take, however, assuring that the preowned PS4 is fit for resale and can be brought up to as close to new as is possible. Chief amongst these checks will be tests made to the external ports – such as the power supply and HDMI input – to ensure that they still work and haven’t suffered from any type of liquid damage.
Refurbished PS4 consoles differ from those that have been “reconditioned” in that the former’s definition tends to be a lot more flexible. It’s effectively a catch-all term for “pre-owned” or “second-hand”, and as such requires retailers to spend a bit more time ensuring that it can be sold on without risk of any future issues later down the line. Any refurbished PS4 will be restored to its factory settings before listed for sale, albeit with the latest firmware updates already installed.
Where are the best places to purchase a second hand refurbished PS4?
In terms of where you can pick up a cheap refurbished PS4, there are a couple of online retailers that keep plenty in stock. It’s worth saying that we at Consoles Deals make a point of listing the quality of each refurbished PS4 in question being compared. This can range from “Fair”, “Good”, “Very Good”, all the way up to “Manufacturer Refurbished” – all of which will have an impact on price. Every refurbished PS4 we compare will be functional but could vary in terms of the number of bumps, scratches and knocks that affects how the console looks cosmetically. Please note we also feature preowned PS4 consoles in our comparison tables.