Compare The Launch Prices Of Consoles Down Through History
Anybody who whines about how expensive gaming is obviously isn't old enough.
We know the launch prices of this year's two new systems:
Sony's PlayStation 4 will debut at $399 and Microsoft's Xbox One will have a $499 price tag. The PS4 is priced lower than anticipated but even the cost of the Xbox One isn't that prohibitive. At least, not when you look at the history of the industry and account for inflation.
For the young'uns, there's an enlightening price comparison between most all game consoles over at ArsTechnica. They take the price of systems like the Intellivision and Genesis and convert the launch prince to 2013 dollars. It's an eye-opener, isn't it? That aforementioned Intellivision launched at $300 in 1979. Not only is that only $100 cheaper than the vastly more advanced PS4, but it was also the equivalent of a whopping $849 in 1979! Yeah, that was like a mortgage payment in those days.
And if you think that was bad, wait until you see the Panasonic 3DO (price point of $700 in 1993; that's $1,127 by today's standards) and the NeoGeo, which launched at $650 in 1991 and translates to $1,111 in 2013 dollars. I still remember begging my parents for the original NES, which was $200. But that was a lot of money in 1985; the equivalent of $432 today. I did a lot of extra chores for that thing.
Next, they should do the same chart for the price of games. That'd be far more outrageous, as games cost the same if not more than what they cost now. A $60 and $70 cartridge in the 80s and early 90s would essentially be $110 - $130 today. So yeah, don't bi***. Please. At least not around those of us who went through those eras.
6/30/2013 9:07:27 PM Ben Dutka