A History of Videogame Console Prices, Adjusted for Inflation

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A History of Videogame Console Prices, Adjusted for Inflation

Courtesy of an enterprising Redditor, here’s a handy chart of videogame console prices over time, with those costs adjusted for inflation. If you thought paying $500 for an Xbox One seemed steep, imagine paying $1,125 (well, the un-inflated equivalent) for a Neo-Geo back in 1990—in the midst of that early 1990s recession, no less.

The latest generation of consoles has seen much debate over whether current system costs are fair or not. This chart proves that the more things change, the more they stay the same, at least when it comes to videogame console price-tags. Which of these systems do you remember emptying your wallet for in years gone by?

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