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?

Microvision

$49.99 in October 1979
$166.55
Today

Game Boy

$89.99 in July 1989
$181.24
Today

Atari Lynx

$190 in September 1989
$380.83
Today

TurboExpress

$249.99 in August 1990
$475.94
Today

Game Gear

$149.99 in April 1991
$277.95
Today

Virtual Boy

$179.95 in August 1995
$294.87
Today

Nomad

$180 in October 1995
$293.42
Today

Game.com

$70 in September 1997
$108.80
Today

Game Boy Color

$69.99 in November 1998
$106.93
Today

Neo Geo Pocket Color

$69.95 in August 1999
$104.88
Today

Game Boy Advance

$99.95 in June 2001
$140.69
Today

Zodiac

$399 in October 2003
$540.37
Today

N-Gage

$299 in October 2003
$404.94
Today

Nintendo DS

$149.99 in November 2004
$196.75
Today

PlayStation Portable

$249 in March 2005
$322.74
Today

Nintendo 3DS

$249 in March 2011
$279.17
Today

PlayStation Vita

$349.99 in February 2012
$385.17
Today

Neo Geo X

$199 in December 2012
$217.15
Today

New Nintendo 3DS

$199.99 in February 2015
$213.47
Today

Nintendo Switch

$299.99 in March 2017
$308.29
Today