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Historical Console Prices

Via Boing Boing, an interesting chart from Curmudgeon Gamer showing the inflation-adjusted prices of game consoles over the last 20 years.

Relative Console Prices 1976-2006
I'm tempted (but don't have the time) to research and chart the true costs of these systems when fully equipped. For example, as I noted, with wireless controllers, a wireless adapter, a starting set of games, an Xbox Live subscription, and some Microsoft points to spend, an Xbox 360 Premium system approaches $1,000 in total cost. Sony's total cost for a PlayStation 3 will undoubtedly be even higher -- $1,100 to $1,200, I would guess.

At the same time, it would be equally interesting (but difficult) to chart the functionality of game systems over time. Yes, an Xbox 360 Premium system costs about $1,000 when fully equipped -- but how much more does it include and do, objectively speaking, than a system from 10 years ago -- a PlayStation 1 or a Nintendo 64?

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