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Microsoft Selling Refurbished Xbox Series X Consoles to Meet High Demand

However, the deal for getting a refurbished Xbox Series X is not a cheap one and you end up paying more than a new console at MSRP.


Considering they are mass-produced devices the rarity of the Xbox Series X and Sony PlayStation 5 is amazing. Both consoles continue to be in limited supply 18 months on from their launch. A quick glance on webstores shows some people are selling their consoles for hundreds of dollars over asking price. So, 's decision to sell refurbished consoles may be a popular one.

Microsoft's plan is to cover some of the crazy demand for the Series X by selling certified refurbishments on the Microsoft Store. A brand new Xbox Series X costs $499 at list price, although with demand from official channels low, resellers are offloading devices for as much as $1,000.

According the Store listing, a refurbished model costs $469.99. Yes, that is not much a saving from the list price, but it means you may be able to get your hands on a Series X now without waiting or paying over the odds. However, Microsoft has baked a tricky caveat into this deal. Specifically, the company says customers must buy a digital game with the console.

There is currently a list of around 12 games that you can buy with the refurbished console. Monopoly Plus and Monopoly Madness is the cheapest of those at $27.49. Furthermore, you'll need to buy a controller, with the white Xbox Wireless Controller the cheapest at $54.99. By the way, a new Series X ships with a controller included.

Worth It or Not?

So, by time you buy the digital game, the used Xbox Series X will cost more than a new one. I'll let you decide whether that is a good deal or not. Facts suggest it is frankly an awful deal, but the market conditions and availability of new consoles is a factor that cannot be ignored.

If new Series X devices become more readily available, Microsoft will surely need to rethink the price structure for refurbished consoles. Until then, this may be a good way to get the in-demand console.

By the way, if you are unfamiliar with what a refurbished console is. Essentially, it is a used and/or broken Xbox Series X that has been sent back to Microsoft. The company cleans, tests, and repairs it to its quality control standards and then resells it. Microsoft is adding a standard 12-month warranty to the refurbished devices.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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