As Microsoft’s Xbox Series X consoles still remain very hard to find in 2022, the company has started offering refurbished units on its online Microsoft store. As reported by Windows Central, the certified refurbished consoles are currently available in the US and UK, with some important differences.
On the US Microsoft Store, a refurbished Xbox Series X console ($469.99) needs to be purchased in a bundle including a digital game starting at $27.49 plus an Xbox Wireless Controller starting at $54.99, for a total of $552,47. On the UK Microsoft Store, though, a refurbished Xbox Series X consoles cost £419.99, and purchasing a second controller is optional.
As for what to expect from Microsoft certified refurbished devices, the company says that the consoles “undergo a complete refurbishment process before being offered for resale. All replaced parts are genuine Microsoft components, and your device will come preinstalled with the latest software updates plus outstanding technical & software support.” Refurbished consoles also come with a one—year hardware warranty, and consumers can also pay for Microsoft Complete for Xbox ($49 or £39) to get accidental damage coverage for up to three years.
With still no clear sign of improvements regarding the ongoing chip shortages, these refurbished Xbox Series X consoles may well become an interesting option for Xbox fans. Microsoft also has an alternative to the Series X with the $299 Xbox Series S, which is both cheaper and easier to manufacture. While this console can play all current-gen games just fine, it lacks a disc drive and comes with half the storage of the Series X, and that’s possibly a dealbreaker for many gamers.