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Handy Graphic Shows Video Game Console Cost Adjusted For Inflation Up To Current-Gen

by Kyle Hilliard on Jan 12, 2014 at 06:26 AM

Video games are an expensive hobby, and while it might not appear to be true – considering current prices – in general, the cost of playing video games has gone down over the years.

You'll see the chart below, which was posted on reddit last month by user Auir2blaze. It puts into perspective the cost of video game consoles from as far back as the Atari 2600 in 1977, to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from 2013. According to Auir2blaze's estimates, the GameCube was truly the most inexpensive system beating the Wii by about $25.

Inflation is a tricky calculation, and this isn't the first time someone has tried to put current video game consoles in perspective. The numbers might be slightly different in this similar graphic, but the overall results are the same: despite the incredible graphical advancements compared to previous video game consoles, costs – overall – have come down.

[Source: Reddit, via I watched the entire Overblood Super Replay Facebook group]