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Any gamer knows the cost of gaming goes far beyond the sticker price of the console. Before you know it you’re dropping bills on extra controllers, batteries, online subscription fees – the list goes on. With 3D gaming, motion controls, and downloadable content increasing in prevalence, the cost of gaming continues to rise steadily. How much will an ambitious gamer spend beyond the initial console purchase? We break down the costs for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii.
PlayStation 3Want to play games like Killzone 3 in 3D and blast through Helghast with Move? Play Uncharted 2 multiplayer online? Download movies and games to your hard drive? Watch Blu-rays in full HD? Here’s what it’ll cost:
Console: PlayStation 3 (160 GB, includes DualShock 3, AV cable, USB cable): $300
ExtrasHDMI Cable: $103D TV: Sony BRAVIA 46”, 1080p, 3D LED-LCD HDTV $2,5003D Glasses: Sony BRAVIA $150Extra DualShock 3: $55USB cable extension: $10Bluetooth: $15 Game: $60
Estimated Total: $2800 + console = $3,100
Motion Control (2-Players)Two PlayStation Move Controllers: $50/each ($100)Two Navigation Controllers: $30/each ($60)PlayStation Eye: $40
Estimated Total: $200
Grand total: $3,300
ServicesBasic PSN account ($0); PlayStation Plus ($50/year; $18/3 months) [PageBreak]
Xbox 360Want to play Gears of War online with your buddies? Download the latest games from Xbox Live Arcade? Knock out your kids while dancing around in your living room? Here’s what it’ll cost:
Console: Xbox 360 S (250 GB, includes wireless controller, composite AV cable, one month Xbox Live Gold membership, headset): $300
ExtrasHDMI Cable: $10HDTV: Sony BRAVIA 46”, 1080P, LCD HDTV $1,000Extra wireless controller: $50Controller batteries: Duracell Value Charger With 4AA Pre-Charged Batteries $17Game: $60
Estimated Total: $1,137 + console = $1,437
Motion Control (2-Players)Kinect (includes Kinect Adventures): $150
Estimated Total: $150
Grand Total: $1,587
ServicesXbox Live Gold account ($60/year; $25/3 months; $10/1 month) [Silver is free, but limits online activity]
Sure that is if you're into 3d gaming and motion control and accessories. My costs including games right now may add up to that total.
all & all i have spent a total of $4,887 for this gen system, don't want to even think about how much i have invested in gaming since my ColecoVision days till now.
Ouch, my PS3 is destroying my bank account.
I am going to go play Canabalt.
Its definitely astounding how much it can cost. The plus side is that it's not like all at once. Really makes you think though.