The second hand PS4 refurbishment process
When a second hand PS4 arrives to a store for trade-in, the relevant retailer will complete its own bespoke series of checks and refurbishment techniques. There are a few standard protocols most can take, however, assuring that the preowned PS4 is fit for resale and can be brought up to as close to new as is possible. Chief amongst these checks will be tests made to the external ports – such as the power supply and HDMI input – to ensure that they still work and haven’t suffered from any type of liquid damage.
Refurbished PS4 consoles differ from those that have been “reconditioned” in that the former’s definition tends to be a lot more flexible. It’s effectively a catch-all term for “pre-owned” or “second-hand”, and as such requires retailers to spend a bit more time ensuring that it can be sold on without risk of any future issues later down the line. Any refurbished PS4 will be restored to its factory settings before listed for sale, albeit with the latest firmware updates already installed.