During this festive season, as we find ourselves immersed in the holiday spirit and eagerly anticipating the joys of Christmas, the allure of securing a fantastic deal on the latest gaming consoles and thrilling video games becomes all the more enticing.
When embarking on the journey of acquiring a gaming console, be it the coveted PlayStation 5, the dynamic Xbox Series X|S, or the versatile Nintendo Switch, the prospect of obtaining a bundled package complete with a captivating game is undeniably appealing. After all, who wouldn’t want to dive headfirst into a gaming adventure straight out of the box?
Take, for instance, the world of digital-only consoles, exemplified by Microsoft’s sleek Xbox Series S. Common sense would dictate that such a console, devoid of a disc drive, wouldn’t be bundled with a physical game. However, enter the realm of surprises, courtesy of German retailer MediaMarkt. A Twitter user, going by the handle OnlyGoodGames, shared a snapshot revealing the retailer’s audacious move—pairing the digital-only Xbox Series S with a tangible copy of last year’s FIFA 23.
Now, the plot thickens. Not only is FIFA 23 rendered unplayable on this console, but the chosen game isn’t even the latest in the football gaming saga—EA Sports FC 24, which graced the gaming world just a couple of months ago.
To add a twist of irony, the bundled FIFA 23 is an Xbox One version, further amplifying the chaos surrounding this unconventional pairing. The price tag for this peculiar bundle dances at €299.99, roughly equivalent to £260, according to the current Euro to Pound conversion. Yet, one could secure the standalone console for a sum between £240 to £250, with an additional £20 perhaps fetching a playable copy of FIFA 23—an ironic discrepancy considering the bundled game’s incompatibility with the chosen console.
Setting aside the impracticality of the unplayable game, the bundled price fails to elicit excitement, especially when considering the impending depreciation of FIFA 23’s value with the recent release of EA Sports FC 24. It’s almost as if time has frozen in this particular bundle, oblivious to the dynamic shifts in the gaming landscape.
One can’t help but wonder if the spotlight cast by social media on this peculiar pairing has prompted the retailer to reconsider its bundle composition. Alas, residing 700 miles away from Germany, a casual stroll into the store to inspect the revised offerings remains a distant dream.
Meanwhile, as we navigate the twists and turns of gaming retail escapades, it’s worth noting that EA Sports FC 24 awaits enthusiasts on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, promising a gaming experience that transcends the peculiarity of mismatched bundles.
Xbox Series S + a PHYSICAL copy of FIFA 23 😅
The rush to get these out of the unwanted inventory is real. pic.twitter.com/Th8QiqXICa
— OnlyGoodGames™ (@OGG1993) November 27, 2023