If some people are complaining about the price of the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, it would do well to remember that it was much worse in the past … as proof that these consoles were offered more expensive than the following consoles when they came out.
The new generation of consoles are now available, and among the complaints of some players we note in particular that related to the price. For many, the price of 499 € for the two competing consoles is too high. In fact, if you look back, this is a very good price, especially if you take inflation into account. Because 500 € in 2020, this actually equates to 383 € in 2000 … In other words, the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are no more expensive than the consoles we will discuss here, which in turn were shown at a price that was pretty crazy for the time.
The Sega Saturn
In Europe, the Sega Saturn is marketed at a price of 399 pounds sterling, or 3,299 francs. If we take inflation into account and convert it to euros, we were therefore at a base price of € 716! Suffice to say, the console was overpriced at the time, which explains its long-term failure.
The PS3 caused a real controversy when the price was revealed: 599 €, it is already too much for that time, so if we add inflation today we just reach the price of 717 €. In short, those who complain about the current 500 € of the PS5 have not known the 2000s or decided to forget about them! Soon, Sony was also forced to lower the price of the console, which was considered way too high.
The Atari 2600
The Atari 2600 was one of the very first consoles in history: it was released in 1977 at a cost of $ 199. Today that may not seem like much. But then that was about $ 855, or $ 720. Suffice it to say that in the 1970s it seemed crazy to spend so much money on a video game console, the latter wasn’t democratized back then.