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Looks like Valve will sell refurbished Steam Decks

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UPDATE 18:15 UTC: this is now official see the latest article.


Valve seemed to let slip a bit early that they plan to sell refurbished models of Steam Deck for cheaper prices but the store pages were quickly hidden.

The store pages that appeared noted the Steam Decks were "Certified Refurbished" but now the store pages just redirect to the Steam home page. It was just long enough for SteamDB scraping to capture them though, much I'm sure to Valve's annoyance each time SteamDB manages to help everyone get a little peek behind the curtain:

Here's the expected prices:

It should go without saying though: until Valve put it up officially, this might not actually happen.

When I hear any more I will let you know but this could be a great way to snap up a true bargain for such a versatile gaming system. Seems like a great idea for Valve to do officially from their store too, as no doubt they have plenty of them ready for people.

Would you pick up a refurbished Steam Deck?

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10 comments

blindcoder Aug 8, 2023
If and when that hits, I'll get my 256 GB version!
HamishTPB Aug 8, 2023
I expect they have a supply from any models returned during the distance selling cool-off of the respective countries and/or returns from warranty replacements. Not a bad idea.
DrNick Aug 8, 2023
I'll be getting a second Deck at some point. Maybe I'll get a friend to 3D print a rig to hold them together for DS games.
CatKiller Aug 8, 2023
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QuoteWould you pick up a refurbished Steam Deck?
The 64 & 512 GB are still unavailable in the UK, so a refurb unit might be the only official way.
ssj17vegeta Aug 8, 2023
Aren't the prices, like, very high for refurbished items ?
Linux_Rocks Aug 8, 2023
If Valve's quality for refurbs is like Nintendo's then I'd consider getting one. I was more than happy with my refurbed Wii U and New 3DS XL, and my friend was happy with his refurbed Switch. I also had good experience buying a refurbed iPad Air 3 Cellular from an EveryMac.com sponsor.
Woodlandor Aug 8, 2023
Quoting: Guestcorrect me if I am wrong, this is what I made up in my head to put some ground under my hate for refurbished hardware. the problem with refurbished devices is not replacement of failed components. the problem is why those components failed. sometimes it is because they were defective, but other times it is because of other defective components that deliver a wrong current somewhere else that eventually leads to frying other components, but not the faulty ones. so you buy one of those decks, it works for a week, breaks again, and everyone's time is wasted.

If it were some random repair shop or company doing the refurbishing then I would completely agree.
But if Valve themselves are doing it, I would expect them to put all the components through the same testing done during the manufacturing process. But I could be wrong.
mr-victory Aug 8, 2023
The prices are so good, I wonder how they have a stock of refurbed Decks though. High refund rate?
JSVRamirez Aug 8, 2023
Quoting: ssj17vegetaAren't the prices, like, very high for refurbished items ?

I thought the same. I just bought a new (refurbished) Google Pixel 6 Pro for £260, just under half the price of a brand new one.

At these prices, I wouldn't consider it - I'd be looking closer to £320 as reasonable for the 512 model.
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