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Why retail console games have never been cheaper, historically

Recently, we took a look at the history of how much various video game consoles have cost at launch. Research shows that the upcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft look much more historically competitive once inflation is taken into account (and once expected price drops are extrapolated). But the cost of the hardware is actually not the most significant portion of what you'll spend on a console over its lifetime. The price of software matters just as much if not more (and these days there are factors like online service and accessory costs). In light, a few readers have asked us to examine just how the prices for games have changed over the years.

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MikeyDucati11625d ago

I remember it being 150 (?) bucks for a Nintendo, Light Gun, Two controllers, and game; which was expensive then at that time. Or at least, my parents looked at me as if I was crazy for asking for a video game system that cost too much. I think the initial price of PSX and the cost of Neo Geo had me awestruck though. Thank God they lowered the price of PSX eventually

2pacalypsenow1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

Imagine the PS1 in 1995 cost $300 and now the Ps4 is $400 that's 17 years of inflations and the Ps4 is still only $100 more expensive .

decrypt1625d ago

Well you could draw that example for pretty much any piece of tech.

I remember back in 1998 when the 3D revolution had just started, 3DFX Voodoo 2 graphics cards were the top dog those cost about 300usd. Today a GTX 770 will set you back 350usd. Its amazing how much more power the same money can buy(cant call it the same lol since inflation hasnt been factored in).

sprinterboy1625d ago

3dfx voodoo wow, forgot at them cards lol

mydyingparadiselost1625d ago

Retail games may be cheaper by inflation but this list doesn't include DLC, something that has made the 'full' retail game just as, if not more, expensive than games from the 16 bit era. There's also the cost of controllers which has gone up (though I'm not completely sure on that one after inflation though), the cost of an internet connection if multiplayer is your thing and now on top of the internet connection a monthly subscription to use that connection in the first place. The working wage (at least in the US) has also remained stagnate or even gone down for many jobs when adjusted for inflation which makes it harder to afford anything, games included.
Most downloadable titles also available at retail still sell for the same amount as retail so there has been little progress on that front outside of Steam. It seems to me gaming is still just as expensive, if not more so, than 20 years ago unless your playing indie or smaller downloadable titles.

rustyspoon801625d ago

I was bought an Amstrad CPC 6128 in 1985 and that cost £400. Now that was expensive.

ShaunCameron1625d ago

Since when have they ever were? I remember my family paying $49.99 plus tax each for Super Tennis, Super Play Action Football and The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past anytime we wanted to get a game for the Super NES. This was 1992-1993.

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