Comparing Console Prices Through History

By Mike on 1:15 pm

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Is gaming more expensive today than it was 10 years ago, or 20 years ago. Some took a look at the PS3 and Xbox 360's original launch prices and said yes, it definitely was. Looking at the actual numbers, it seems that yes, this is in fact true. However, that's not the whole story. I compiled a chart of the 23 most popular consoles from the dawn of console gaming until 2006 when the current generation systems came out. I compared prices in US dollars inflation adjusted to 2006 values using the US Consumer Price Index.

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As you can see, the PS3 and 360 are indeed some of the most expensive, but far from the most. The venerable Atari 5200, released in 1977, adjusted for today would cost a whopping $655.26 in today's money. Of course I left out unpopular and super expensive consoles such as the 3DO.

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