GameStop now offering used PS3s with 500 GB hard drives

GameStop has begun selling what it's calling "Supercharged" PS3s, which are basically just used systems with 500 GB hard drives and a few other goodies to sweeten the deal.

At $400, the "premium refurbished" (how's that for marketing speak?) machines are the same price as new 320 GB Move bundles, which are the most expensive of the various PS3 packages. Given that it's pretty easy to find a 500 GB hard drive online for less than $100, GameStop is also offering the following pack-ins:

- A 6-foot HDMI cable
- A USB hub with remote control
- An IR remote and receiver
- An exclusive PS3 skin with GameStop's "Supercharged" logo

If you're deathly afraid of tampering with your consoles, GameStop's offer may be a reasonable way to score a high-capacity PS3. GameStop claims the system has $160 in "Added Value" over any other used PS3.

[Source: GameStop]

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Mar 16, 2011




  • phoenix_wings - March 17, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    Feels like kind of a ripoff, especially if it's refurbished. I swapped my HDD two years ago? For a 320gb 7200rpm drive. Not hard at all to do on a fat ps3. I do remember peeling off a little sticker, so that would probably mean that it effectively voids the warranty - but what's the warranty on a refurb system anyway? Gamestop is going to make a load on this one.
  • TheVoid - March 17, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    @InsomniacGamer - Why feel sorry for anyone who would buy this? If it suits them for whatever reason (prefer not to have to monkey with the HD, finds the skin to be hella cool, etc.), then your pity means nothing. If they realize after the fact that it probably wasn't a worthwhile deal, well they should have thought about that before throwing down the cash, in which case your pity is lost on someone not really deserving of it. After all, would you pity someone who buys a game that received consistently shit reviews? I've done that myself (Castlevania Judgement, despite everything telling me not to, the fanboy in me simply couldn't resist - at $40 no less!) and I never felt sorry about it, rather I wised up and became a smarter consumer. That's worth a whole lot more than pity, so next time why not explain why you would feel sorry for someone who made this purchase...
  • TheVoid - March 17, 2011 4:20 a.m.

    Yeah, Gamestop is so evil, as evil as a auto dealership, or your local Blockbuster, or any other establishment that sells anything used. Salvation Army! EVIL! And just earlier today someone was spouting off about how evil Steam is, which I find humorous because they are pretty much the anti-Gamestop in every way. Damned if you do, damned if you don't I guess. Listen folks, until buying/selling used games/hardware actually becomes illegal, Gamestop is doing nothing wrong. People bitch that they only get a fraction of what they paid for a new game in used game buybacks mere weeks after release (assuming this to be the source of said evil since such accusations are rarely explained). Yeah, well that's Gamestop's right, and it's your right as a consumer to say "maybe I won't sell this game if that's the best Gamestop is willing to give me for it". It's thst simple so get over it. On to this particular "deal". Kind of interesting at first glance, but when you think about it... What brand hard drive? Personally I only trust WD and maybe SeaGate. Something tells me it's probably neither... HDMI cable? Nice, especially at 6', but not a deal-breaker... Controller? Sony? Let's hope so... IR remote and receiver? Again, nice, but not enough to seal the fact why not dump most of these pointless "value adds" in favor of a second controller? Doesn't that sound more appealing? But most glaring is the word "refurbished". By who? Gamestop or Sony? And what exactly has been refurbished? More specifically, how worn down is the used disk drive motor (if not replaced altogether)? Let's not forget the PS2s' were not the most durable (even right out of the box), and while Sony has promised that PS3's are really built to last, was the previous owner more of a BluRay viewer than gamer (which would put a lot more wear and tear on said motor, which drives much of the PS3's primary functionality)? Again, if this component were one of the things swapped out in the refurbished process, that might be worth mentioning. As I already own a PS3, I don't really care, but I do think interested buyers should at least consider these points.
  • GreyGhost - March 17, 2011 4:18 a.m.

    I did a HDD swap in January, swapped out the original 80GB for a $50 WD 500GB ... The most complicated part was converting an external hard drive to FAT32 to download all of the content that was on my 80 ... And that wasn't that hard at all ... If I can do this, anyone should be able to ....
  • Revanjd - March 17, 2011 4:04 a.m.

    It's a ripoff! Paying $400 for a Refurbished PS3!? BS on that!
  • BoltActionRevolver - March 17, 2011 3:54 a.m.

    Oh, and an HDMI cable. Not bad if your coming in new to the game, but those of us that have been around it, already have these things. (The hard drives are not hard to do either)
  • BoltActionRevolver - March 17, 2011 3:53 a.m.

    500 gigs, (Like what I put in mine), a USB hub (like what I have from my Rockband setup), and IR remote (Cause we all know, the blue tooth's are worse then blue ballz) and a specal theme (Cause themes are deal beakers [and those of us who are not Photoshop challenged have already made)
  • 510BrotherPanda - March 17, 2011 3:36 a.m.

    500 terabytes sounds more reasonable at that asking price. You know, because games take up so much space these days.
  • InsomniacGamer - March 17, 2011 2:03 a.m.

    Rip off i feel sorry for people that buy this
  • Hydr0ponicK - March 17, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    And Sony doesn't make a single cent?
  • gamedingo - March 16, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    Gamestop needs to do a deal where they take in 360's for PS3's...
  • therawski - March 16, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    Sure, I mean I have no idea who manufactured the hard drive, and gamestop's warranty on used systems is only 30 days (at least it was on my used wii), so I have plenty of time to see if it will fail, I can only hope that firmware updates won't mess with it for anyone that picks this up.
  • stephenliggio - March 16, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    This isn't a very good deal. For $399 you're getting a used 500gig ps3, hdmi cable, and a cheapo gamestop remote. You can get a new ps3 160gb for $299, a 500 gb hd for $50, and a $10 HDMI cable. that's a $40 savings over gamestops, and you have a 160 gb hard drive to do whatever you want with.
  • evilgoat420 - March 16, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    Idk, part of me says yeah this is a good deal but I have a ps3 fat and I easily swapped out the old hard drive for a 500gig i bought on sale off of new egg for 60 bucks. It is seriously a no brainer and it does not void your warranty in anyway. If I remember right the ps3 manual tells you how to do it.
  • Y2Ken - March 16, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    It's a nice idea, but I upgraded my hard drive to 500GB around two years ago now. So I think I'll pass on that one.
  • H2A2I00 - March 16, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    seriously this seems like a pretty good deal i already have a ps3 but I still feel this is the way to go if you don't want to risk anything by tampering with your ps3
  • elchamber - March 16, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    I feel very sorry for those who think that this deal is worth it. To think that replacing the internal hard drive is complicated is ridiculous. "Youtube" it and you'll see it's much like taking a DVD/Blu-ray/video game disc/cassette out of a device and putting another one it. I also found a hard drive for $50 bucks at Tigerdirect.
  • Jackelsburg - March 16, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    seems like a pretty good deal, although i already own a ps3 so i think i'll just switch to a bigger hard drive if the memory gets full...
  • Ironarm - March 16, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    Hmmmm. Interesting. This might get me to buy one before Uncharted 3 drops
  • ultimatepunchrod - March 16, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    this seems like a good deal. i would hope the skin isnt on it when you buy it. i dont really like the look of it

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