Remember when an original Xbox cost $699.99? Check out this old advertisement to see what a terrible deal this really was.
That's so much money, I'm suprised people we're willing to pay that much at launch. Although people wait in line for hours for new consoles so I probably should expect it.
i actually never remember it being 699.99 o.O''
Well it launched in Nov. 2001, and according to this article posted in Jan. 2002, Xbox was only $299 http://www.microsoft.com/pr... I wouldn't be surprised if someone payed this much for a new console, I mean people where paying $599 for a PS3 and people where buying them on Ebay for over $1,000. Don't remember what the 360 was selling for on Ebay when it first came out though.
If you make an adjustment for inflation, that would have put the XBox at $850 today. That's one expensive bundle when you consider you were just getting a console, two games and a DVD remote.
Never owned an XBox but I don't ever remember it having cost that much. Edit; just read the article and it seems the ad was for a launch package that included the console, your choice of two games and a peripheral which include a controller, DVD remote or memory card. Still $699 is a bit steep!
I don't know if this happened in the US but in Australia, if you bought the console at the launch price you could send away for 2 free games of your chosing and another controller. This was due to it only being on sale for about 1 month before they 'revised' the price of the console.
The ps3 cost $650 at launch up here in Canada. $750 after tax. It was a good investment =).
I remember they cut the price after only a few months of availability here in Europe. They cut it hard too so they gave a free game+controller+dvd-remote or something like that to compensate the early adopters here in Europe. I love my xbox. Couldn't live without Halo 1 ce, wolfenstein, doom 3 etc. Just recently I started playing Project Zero 2 on it. It really saddens me to see the direction MS took after a wonderfull console like xbox. I don't want to touch a x360 again. Not until they've stopped the production in 5-8 years or so. The blame lies on many things but mostly on MS executives and the poor build quality.
U.S. Launch Prices 1977: Atari 2600 - $199 1982: ColecoVision - $175 1982: Atari 5200 - $269 1985: Nintendo Entertainment System - $199 1986: Atari 7800 - $139 1986: Sega Master System - $199 1989: TurboGrafx-16 - $199 1989: Sega Genesis - $189 1990: SNK NeoGeo - $649 1991: Super Nintendo - $199 1993: 3DO - $699 1993: Atari Jaguar - $249 1995: Sega Saturn - $399 1995: PlayStation - $299 1996: Nintendo 64 - $199 1999: Sega Dreamcast - $199 2000: PlayStation 2 - $299 2001: Nintendo GameCube - $199 2001: Xbox - $299 2005: Xbox 360 - $299 / $399 2006: PlayStation 3 - $499 / $599 2006: Nintendo Wii - $249 And probably THE most expensive console (if you could call it that) ever is/was the Pioneer LaserActive at over $1000. And that didnt even come with a genesis or turbografx game pack. Each of those were several hundred as well. I have one of these with the genesis pack. It is an awesome laserdisc player above anything else it can do.
People were selling the 360's for thousands of $$$ on ebay. I paid $500 for my 360 bundle when it was released. I remember getting several offers from people in the mall up to 3x's the amount that I paid. I did not sell it and unfortunately several months later I go the RROD.
Gamestop + Microsoft = $699 Really though I got mine for €250 back in the day with Halo 2. Edit---xboxlj it's always tough when you get the ring...
I do. :P That is why I didn't buy one until the Slims.
PS3 was €630 over here at lauch.... No way I was buying that one, I got the 80Gb one for €400 with MGS4 though which is a good deal imo
you should know better than to say something that makes complete financial sense about a system that was crafted by the hands of god (apparently). what is wrong with you?
Agreeing with "financial sense" in this case has nothing to do with objective monetary insight and everything to do with the interpretation of "value". Sarcasm Fail. C'mon, you're really obvious. But yeah, thanks for the post, troll.
The guy said he waited til the ps3 came down in price before making the purchase and has more disagrees than agrees. where do you think they came from? you think i'm the troll?
your content that gave the troll accusation, it was your sly delivery. "Crafted by the hands of God" is textbook 360 lemming talk and I took your comment to indicate you thought $500 is a waste of money for everyone, regardless of his comment. Perhaps I was overzealous with the label, it's been a long day. I take it back, no hard feelings.
HA! ^^^ I'm not allowed to be sorry. Nay, a disagreer is insisting I'm not truly remorseful for my comment. This site is a joke, reminds me why I come on here less.
Just ignore the agrees/disagree's. Most of them are from Fanboys. People who understand you will responed. Peopl ewho can take a joke will laugh and might responed. Just forget the other idiots
doesn't it seem a little odd that you are complaining about the exact same thing you were criticizing me for complaining about? i have nothing against you, i just think it's fitting that you are getting the same treatment now. i agree though, the n4g community is a joke. gamers, for the most part, are no better than the people that love garbage like twilight.
I previously wasn't even speaking to your agrees/disagrees, Spy. My critique of you was a misguided attack on what "appeared" as Sony bashing. I was directly addressing what I "saw" in your comment at the time I read it, so I guess I don't see what you mean by "fitting" but I'm glad we're cool now. I regret a post, but someone disagrees with my own sentiments. That's symbolic of the dysfunction on this site (and in this world)...As I said, no hard feelings. Sometimes I put faith in the agrees/disagrees, sometimes it's just a fairy floating by with a total void of rationale. It's a glaring sign of the mismanagement of this site, really. It's overrun by such tools.
well i remember local stores trying to con folks with import japanese ps2 and dreamcast at 800-1000$ too at their launch ..
I remeber SNES games retailing for 80 bucks too, doesn't mean we need to see that again. 60 is a perfect price for games, and 300 to 450 is a good price for consoles. Understanding that everyone wants to make money, if the PS3 didn't have such a high launch price who knows where the sales would be today, but IMO they would be at least 10 million higher. I really can't say I remember the orginal xbox costing that much though.
Oops double post. Stupid thing didn't refresh so I thought my comment didn't register.
I still find 60 bucks too steep. 40 is a perfect fit IMO and even then I would think twice. Last game o bought at launch was MGS4 LE and that was because money wasn't afactor for me in that time. (not as much responsibilitie as I have now)
Those were the good days when there were good single player games. Look at that list, there is only like 1 or 2 FPS games. Now that Live is in the picture, there are not too many games that arent fps.
I remember a very bundle-crazy scene in the games marketplace back then. It was hard to find a console that wasn't in some expensive and unneccessary bundle. I'd argue that Gamestop had more power back then, they could almost restrict the market to force you to buy expensive and unneeded crap. But seriously, let's keep the fanboy stuff away from Xbox Classic. That system brought us Jet Set Radio Future, Panzer Dragoon Orta, and Gunvalkyrie. In other news, Sega was awesome back in the day. The console was a great addition to already owning a PS2.
When I lived overseas at the BX they had advertised Xboxs for $500. Thats another reason why I got a PS2, on top of some awesome games!
Pretty sure this is an aussie advert. The ps3 launched at $1000 AU here. A DS3 is still $85AU on sale http://www.ecogamer.com.au/... $85AU = $82US hows that for currency conversion eh sony?
It's Canadian actually.
That's insane, I don't know how you guys afford to game as a hobby, DS3's here in the U.S. are about $45 or so on Amazon.
PS3 was 699€ here @ launch. Games are 69.95€ here. Those prices convert according to todays conversion rate as ~ $900 and ~ $90. I bought the console from here but I always order games online. btw DS3 is 50€ here which is ~ $65.
i remember when the xbox AND ps2 were that high if i still got the newspaper i will upload it. there was even a new about how they cut the price cause it was too high here in canada. i feel sorry for those who bought it in this price range
December 10, 2006 i bought the last PS3 in a Target. console + extra controller + 3 games + extended warranty (which i later used to my advantage) + tax = $1000+....and i was more than happy to drop it ...ahhh memories....
no i dont remember got mine for way less then that
If you had read the article, you wouldn't look like a fool for posting your comment.
When you add all the cost up it wouldn't even be close to $699.
I think it was because it was a launch deal, I'm not really sure. This was back in 2001 I believe.
So what that is a crazy price.
for $60 bucks with like 10 games in my school but that was in 2004
Bundles are always a rip-off but that's not the worst price I've seen.
I remember that it was nuts.
i bought a 3DO for that much and it had like 3 games over its life cycle! Road Rash and Need for Speed did kick a$$ thou
it also had : the best version of Super Street Fighter II X . Bascially the arcade version with arranged cd quality tracks . Space Hulk And the best version of fifa at the time , the first with 3d cameras . But yeah that was it .
im sure it does, i like loaded it up about two years ago i got my moneys worth, road rash, need for speed, fifa, gex, and as the guy above me mentions space hulk and street fighter, i also remember a flying game, it had real footage at the time which was amazing to me at the time
The crzy prices of them but most of those were like bundles that came with like 4-5 games (which 4/5 of them sucked).
in 10 years when the writer cleans out his house he will see that the ps3 was at the same point. Include inflation and the same thing will occur. Launch day hardware is always expensive. This article is a little stupid, I mean each time an Ipod comes out its like 500 or so without a contract. Companies can charge what they want because they know people will buy it.
Wow. The newest iPod touch, which came out very recently, at the largest size (64gb), is $399. Also, I've never seen an iPod that needed a contract. Are you possibly thinking in Canadian dollars? That still doesn't explain the contract bit. Are you thinking of the iPhone?
Considering i have spent £529.00 on two x360 20 gig pro launch models ( first one RROD Without the warrenty), that price seem to be about right especially because the thing was built like a sherman tank
Yeah the xbox was a tank. The disconnecting controller cables was genius IMO; Never pulled that console off the shelf.
those controller cables like apples ac input are sheer genius and should be adapted by all companys as a pc tech the number of brocken ac ports ive resoldered is stupid never once had to fix an apple ac port with the magnetic kind brilliant design
I was about 19 working at costco, making like $550 a week. I figured if get one from costco, thing came in and was gone in 7 mins I believe. The only choice was ebgames.com and you had to get bundles. It wasn't a rip off, you would get 3 games 2 controllers, btw I loved fusion frenzy. I got fusion frenzy, halo and dead or alive 3, almost passed on halo for nfl fever lol. My mom agreed to go half on the xbox with me, it was delivered in a big ass box and my cousin said I'd get in trouble if I opened it lol so I waited. Then I was like wait wtf I payed for half of it so I opened it on xmas eve and it was love at first site, I spent most the night naming songs I ripped to the system. Then I tried halo.....and called out of work...2 days in row.....what is was seasonal lol.
Well, if you add on lifetime online costs, it still costs $699 today - at least the old Xbox was reliable, had more exclusives and had better specs than the PS2
it didnt have more exclusives however , and due it came far later so better specs were to be expected
and at $199 its still a terrible deal =P
I would hope so, its almost 10 years old now.
I picked up the Xbox, DOA, Halo, and SSX with a second controller. I forgot how much it cost but it was no $699. I even picked it up from EB as a bundle, but ugggh. wish I could remember how much I spent on it. that xbox still works in fact!
Wow, what a great deal! Not!
For Halo ce and some silly platform game my son liked. Silly thing is it still works and was the only one I bought. I've had over ten 360s if you include repairs/exchanges.
the original xbox is a tank its solid it has the internal space for cooling its a smallformfactor p3 (celeron 733mhz 64mb ddr ram nforce 3 class mainboard integrated geforece 3 class gpu)
Even the old dead Xbox is not immune from a flame attack. That is pathetic. And it was never launched at $699.
at launch and in north america the console was 299.99, still have the receipt in my files.
I got an Xbox shortly after launch. But I didn't buy it - I WON IT! Came with Halo, Fusion Frenzy, and Mad Dash Racing
Oh morons, it launched at $299 very reasonable price, you guys are doing inflation lol idiots, there is no inflation the xbox 360 is the same exact price. I thought the point of the article was to remember when people such as myself payed over $600 for a console. It was in fact a deal at the time an xbox-$300,5 games $300, controller - $40. I think that's the bundle I got.
What are you talking about XBOX 360 use to be $499.99 at launch and the PlayStation 3 was $599.99. This pretty much goes for every generation of consoles when they initially price their products?
I got a dreamcast from my friend with 2 controllers 4 memcards and several games like rival schools and powerstone for $5 a steal right?
haha, five box for all that is symbolic, your friend might as well given it to you for free.
I miss my Dreamcast, I wish someone would sell me one with those games for $5.
The same was done with Xbox 360 bundles and PS3s @Radioshack. Does anyone remember?
How is this news? It was $300 at launch anyway.
Odd, anyways this was the best xbox, they had to rush the 360 to beat sony to it. That is one of the reasons I like the xbox over the 360.