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?

Atari 2600

$199 in September 1977
$812.03
Today

Atari 5200

$299 in November 1982
$764.42
Today

Atari 7800

$140 in June 1986
$320.33
Today

Atari Lynx

$190 in September 1989
$380.83
Today

Atari XEGS

$199 in November 1987
$432.05
Today

Jaguar

$249.99 in November 1993
$429.59
Today

Jaguar CD

$149.95 in November 1995
$244.59
Today