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?

Neo Geo Pocket Color

$69.95 in August 1999

Neo Geo X

$199 in December 2012

Neo Geo CD

$300 in October 1994

Neo Geo AES

$649.99 in June 1991