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Not a Great Used Buy (In my opinion)
April 1, 2019
It took me an entire month to write this review, and why did it take so long, one might ask? Because the used but in great condition PS4 wasn't in very great shape. For starters, the entire consoles outer shell was visably bowed (I've included pictures to demonstrate this). I then flipped around the console only to find out that the hard drive bay cover was missing, it wasn't even included in the box (yet again pictures provided). I then looked at the backside of the console and instantly realized that it had been previously dismantled, the stickers had been removed and viable scratches where on the screws and console itself.
I then powered it up, (they included the power cable, but not HDMI, a controller with no USB cable, and the console itself in the box, part's missing lol). After the console booted in to safe mode, it became apparent that the hard drive had also been replaced, since it required a USB drive to install the system OS. After going through that hassle, then updating the system OS to the most current version. I then began to experience random input lag and controller disconnects. Thinking this is a software issue, I tried basically every single option under the safe mode I could possibly think would cause the issue. I soon remembered the console had been taken apart, so I then took it apart and using an instructables teardown, I soon discovered that my console was missing the entire Bluetooth antenna. It was clearly taken apart prior, due to missing tape in spots where the Bluetooth antenna previously was. Wires that go to the mother board where also pinned and not placed back in there normal spots (I also should mention that it's missing screws inside the case, the instructables clearly has more screws than I did). The outer EM shielding was also broken and is no longer attached to the plastic rivet, meant to hold it in place permanently (images also attached).
I then ended up spending all in total, $39.99 extra, getting a new hard drive hatch or cover for the back of the PS4, a salvaged PS4 slim Bluetooth antenna (probably what happened to the one I got) and tools to take it apart to repair it. On top of the amount I paid for the used system, rated at great condition lol. This is why my rating is only two stars, because I got sold a PS4 that appears to have been used for spare part's, then resold to me. I ended up paying nearly full price, plus had to invest more time in taking it apart and fixing it. In the end, it's a functional PS4 now, unfortunately the warping in the case won't be fixed anytime soon, whomever originally took it apart, broke one of the case clips, so there's really no way that I can safely fix it.
I'm more disappointed that it was sold in that condition, dispite it being labeled as great condition. I am satisfied I'm able to play game's on it, however having to do all that to make it work, is pretty ridiculous.