Comparison of Every Home Console Launch-Price from the Beginning of Gaming
We're well into the 8th Generation of gaming. With the high price-tags on consoles today, many have wondered how our prices compare to consoles of the past. Well, it turns out, consoles have always been expensive.
Below is a complete list of major gaming consoles along with their launch year, launch prices (USD), and the gaming generation they belong to.
|Magnavox Odyssey||Aug 1972||$99.99/$561.48||1st|
|Farichild Channel F||Nov 1976||$169.99/$701.07||2nd|
|Atari 2600||Sep 1977||$199.99/$774.62||2nd|
|Atari 5200 SuperSystem||Nov 1982||$269.99/$656.71||2nd|
|Nintendo Entertainment System||July 1983||$199.99/$471.31||3rd|
|Sega Master System||Oct 1985||$199.99/$428.30||3rd|
|Atari 7800||June 1986||$139.99/$299.81||3rd|
|Sega Genesis||Oct 1988||$189.99/$376.96||4th|
|Super Nintendo Entertainment System||Nov 1990||$199.99/$359.16||4th|
|Phillips CD-i||Dec 1991||$699.99/$1,206.34||4th|
|Atari Jaguar||Nov 1993||$249.99/$406.08||4th|
|Neo-Geo CD||Sep 1994||$299.99/$475.13||4th|
|Sega Saturn||Nov 1994||$399.99/$633.51||5th|
|Nintendo 64||June 1996||$199.99/$299.18||5th|
|PlayStation 2||March 2000||$299.99/$408.91||6th|
|Nintendo GameCube||Sep 2001||$199.99/$265.21||6th|
|Xbox 360||Nov 2005||$399.99 - $299.99/
$480.73 - $360.54
|PlayStation 3||Nov 2006||$599.99 - $499.99/
$698.57 - $582.14
|Wii U||Nov 2012||$349.99 - $299.99/
$357.81 - $306.69
|PlayStation 4||Nov 2013||$399.99/$403.02||8th|
|Xbox One||Nov 2013||$499.99/$503.78||8th|
Moral of the story? We probably shouldn't be complaining so much about console prices. It seems as though consoles have always had a relatively similar price range, but when considering the adjustment due to inflation, today's consoles are drastically cheaper.
This is especially true when compared to the Phillips CD-i and Neo-Geo, which take the first and second place for most expensive console, respectively.
The cheapest of all, with inflation considered, is the OUYA micro-console. This makes sense, as it has relatively low specs and was designed to run processor-light Android-based games.
However, when focusing on base-price alone, Ouya ties with the first home console ever released, the Magnavox Odyssey. It's nice to see that $99.99 price point has returned, even if it was attached to a micro-console. Could we see this price re-adopted into traditional home consoles in the future? I sure hope so.