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?

Dreamcast

$199 in September 1999
$296.95
Today

Game Gear

$149.99 in April 1991
$277.95
Today

Genesis

$200 in August 1989
$402.16
Today

Master System

$200 in June 1986
$457.62
Today

Nomad

$180 in October 1995
$293.42
Today

Sega 32X

$159.99 in November 1994
$267.77
Today

Sega CD

$299 in October 1992
$528.30
Today

Sega Saturn

$399 in May 1995
$656.82
Today