Finding a console that fits your budget

Whether you want to spend long days exploring a variety of different worlds or give a touch of fun to evenings with friends, buying a game console is a safe investment, but these machines are expensive, and going through the second-hand market is often a good solution to get more for less: accessories, games, the purchase is all the more interesting.

However, it is advisable to check a number of points before making the move.

Firstly, the formwork must be in perfect condition, as even the slightest impact could mean that the machine falls, resulting in internal damage that cannot be seen from the outside. A simple way to get an idea of possible internal damage is to gently tilt the console back and forth several times from the front so that you can hear if parts are moving around.

It’s also a good idea to check the general condition of the various ports (on the console but also on the controllers) to avoid unpleasant surprises. Concerning the controllers and potential external peripherals, remember to test the joysticks and buttons to see if they are in good condition.

Also check that all the cables are present: audio / video output, power supply of the machine, power cables of the controllers if any… be meticulous!

Today’s consoles are real computers and therefore hackable. If possible, make sure that they are not modified (you can simply ask the seller if this is the case), this would void the warranty of the machine if it is still covered, and more globally, would make you the owner of an illegal machine.

If possible, ask to see the console turned on to finish reassuring yourself about the condition of the machine, test the disk eater and the controllers.