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Xbox Series S bundle includes physical copy of FIFA 23, confusing everyone

Richard Lee Breslin

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Xbox Series S bundle includes physical copy of FIFA 23, confusing everyone

Featured Image Credit: EA, Microsoft

During this time of year, especially as we're entering the Christmas season, many of us look to bag a bargain on the latest consoles and games.

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So when it comes to purchasing a console such as the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, or Nintendo Switch, it’s always nice to have it come ready bundled with a copy of a game - something we can dive into straight away, or so you'd expect.

Check out the EA Sports FC 24 trailer below.

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As well as having the option to buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X with a disc drive, some of us may choose to pick up the digital-only version of a console. The Xbox Series S is Microsoft’s most recent digital-only console and for obvious reasons, a retailer wouldn't bundle it with a physical game, right?

Well, not if we’re talking about German retailer MediaMarkt. Twitter user OnlyGoodGames shared an image of the retailer in question which has bundled the digital-only Xbox Series S console with a physical copy of last year's FIFA 23. To make matters worse, not only is this game unplayable on that console, but it doesn't even come with the latest football title, the aforementioned EA Sports FC 24 which was released a couple of months ago.

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It's also an Xbox One version of FIFA 23, just to further the chaos. Going by the current Euro to Pound conversion, this bundle is selling for €299.99, which works out to be about £260. You can pick up the console on its own for around £240 to £250 and maybe £20 for FIFA 23 (again, a version you can't play on this console). So even when you ignore the unplayable game, its bundle price isn't something to get excited about. What’s more, with the release of EA Sports FC 24 this year, FIFA 23’s value will drastically drop in the coming months.

I like to think that with this tweet making the social media rounds, this retailer has updated its bundle accordingly, at least in the store itself. However, seeing as I live 700 miles away from Germany, I won't be popping into this store to check its prices anytime soon.

EA Sports FC 24 is out now on PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.

Topics: Xbox, Xbox Series S, EA, FIFA

Richard Lee Breslin
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