True Cost of Gaming

When a new console or portable comes out it's cost is often compared to it's predecessors. Some may complain about the cost of a new system, comparing it to past systems. Why does the new PlayStation 4 cost $399, the original was only $299? Cost however is relative and changes with inflation, when you adjust that $299 to be comperable to the buying power of today you discover that it's more like $500. Below is a list of game platforms with their original and adjusted prices, as well as some additional details for each one if your so inclined. Maybe things wern't as cheap as you remember?

PlayStation 3

$599 in November 2006
$744.80
Today

PlayStation

$299 in September 1995
$488.99
Today

PlayStation 2

$299 in October 2000
$430.54
Today

PlayStation 4

$399 in November 2013
$428.92
Today

PlayStation 4 Pro

$399 in November 2016
$414.20
Today

PlayStation Vita

$349.99 in February 2012
$385.17
Today

PlayStation Portable

$249 in March 2005
$322.74
Today