36 Years Of Console Prices, Adjusted For Inflation

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If you thought the PS4 and Xbox One's launch prices were expensive, well, they kinda were! But not as expensive as the NES. Or Neo Geo. Or Saturn, Or PlayStation, or Atari 2600.

Reddit user Auir2blaze has run historical console launch prices through an inflation adjustment calculator (which normally use dollar strength and the cost of basic goods over time) to reveal how expensive, relatively, every major console since the 1970s really was.


You'll notice the PS4 and Xbox One aren't too bad, especially compared to their immediate predecessors.

You'll also see why it was so hard finding a kid who ever owned a Neo Geo or 3DO. Holy crap.

I made this graphic showing how much classic consoles would cost in today's dollars [Reddit, via Gamefreaks]

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