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?

CD-i

$1000 in December 1991
$1,816.87
Today

Commodore 64

$595 in August 1982
$1,525.84
Today

Amiga 500

$699 in October 1987
$1,518.92
Today

3DO Interactive Multiplayer

$699.99 in October 1993
$1,203.70
Today

Neo Geo AES

$649.99 in June 1991
$1,197.44
Today

Amiga 1200

$599 in October 1992
$1,058.37
Today

Intellivision

$299 in October 1979
$996.19
Today

Pippin

$599 in September 1995
$979.62
Today

Amiga 600

$499 in March 1992
$897.51
Today

Atari 2600

$199 in September 1977
$812.03
Today

Atari 5200

$299 in November 1982
$764.42
Today

TurboGrafx-CD

$399.99 in August 1990
$761.52
Today

PlayStation 3

$599 in November 2006
$744.80
Today

Fairchild Channel F

$169.95 in November 1976
$734.14
Today

Sega Saturn

$399 in May 1995
$656.82
Today

Odyssey 2

$179 in February 1979
$649.03
Today

Odyssey

$99 in August 1972
$590.57
Today

Zodiac

$399 in October 2003
$540.37
Today

Xbox One

$499 in November 2013
$536.42
Today

Sega CD

$299 in October 1992
$528.30
Today

Vectrex

$199 in November 1982
$508.76
Today

Xbox 360

$399.99 in November 2005
$507.17
Today

Xbox One X

$499 in November 2017
$506.84
Today

Neo Geo CD

$300 in October 1994
$502.77
Today

PlayStation

$299 in September 1995
$488.99
Today

TurboExpress

$249.99 in August 1990
$475.94
Today

Nintendo Entertainment System

$199 in October 1985
$458.68
Today

Master System

$200 in June 1986
$457.62
Today

ColecoVision

$175 in August 1982
$448.78
Today

Atari XEGS

$199 in November 1987
$432.05
Today

PlayStation 2

$299 in October 2000
$430.54
Today

Jaguar

$249.99 in November 1993
$429.59
Today

PlayStation 4

$399 in November 2013
$428.92
Today

Xbox

$299.99 in November 2001
$423.68
Today

PlayStation 4 Pro

$399 in November 2016
$414.20
Today

N-Gage

$299 in October 2003
$404.94
Today

Genesis

$200 in August 1989
$402.16
Today

TurboGrafx-16

$199 in August 1989
$400.15
Today

PlayStation Vita

$349.99 in February 2012
$385.17
Today

Wii U

$349.99 in November 2012
$380.89
Today

Atari Lynx

$190 in September 1989
$380.83
Today

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

$199 in August 1991
$365.00
Today

PlayStation Portable

$249 in March 2005
$322.74
Today

Atari 7800

$140 in June 1986
$320.33
Today

Nintendo 64

$199 in September 1996
$315.96
Today

Wii

$249.99 in November 2006
$310.84
Today

Nintendo Switch

$299.99 in March 2017
$308.29
Today

Dreamcast

$199 in September 1999
$296.95
Today

Virtual Boy

$179.95 in August 1995
$294.87
Today

Nomad

$180 in October 1995
$293.42
Today

GameCube

$199 in November 2001
$281.05
Today

Nintendo 3DS

$249 in March 2011
$279.17
Today

Game Gear

$149.99 in April 1991
$277.95
Today

Sega 32X

$159.99 in November 1994
$267.77
Today

Jaguar CD

$149.95 in November 1995
$244.59
Today

Action Max

$99 in December 1986
$224.47
Today

Neo Geo X

$199 in December 2012
$217.15
Today

New Nintendo 3DS

$199.99 in February 2015
$213.47
Today

Nintendo DS

$149.99 in November 2004
$196.75
Today

Game Boy

$89.99 in July 1989
$181.24
Today

Microvision

$49.99 in October 1979
$166.55
Today

Game Boy Advance

$99.95 in June 2001
$140.69
Today

Game.com

$70 in September 1997
$108.80
Today

Game Boy Color

$69.99 in November 1998
$106.93
Today

Ouya

$99 in June 2013
$106.23
Today

Neo Geo Pocket Color

$69.95 in August 1999
$104.88
Today

HyperScan

$69.99 in October 2006
$86.90
Today