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Launch prices

Lnch prices (adjusted for inflation)

The Launch Price is the initial price for a video game system. The cheapest was the GameCube and the most expensive was the Neo Geo ($990 inflating to 2006 dollars), accounting for inflation[1]. The Atari 5200 cost $683 in 2006 dollars.

Launch Prices Edit

Consoles Edit

System Released U.S. price Japan price UK price Details
Nintendo Entertainment System October 18, 1985 $199
$249.99
1. Pack-in game (Super Mario Bros.)
2. R.O.B. accessory, NES Zapper, and 2 games, Duck Hunt and Gyromite
Super Nintendo Entertainment System August 13, 1991 $199 Pack-in game (Super Mario World)
Nintendo 64 September 29, 1996 $199
Nintendo GameCube November 18, 2001 $199 ¥25,000 £129 [2]
Wii November 19, 2006 $249 ¥25,000 [3] £179 Pack-in game (Wii Sports) except for Japan
Wii U November 18, 2012 $349 Pack-in game (Nintendo Land)
Nintendo Switch March 3, 2017 $299
PlayStation September 9, 1995 $299 £299 [4]
PlayStation 2 October 26, 2000 $299 ¥39,800 £299 [5]
PlayStation 3 November 17, 2006 $499
$599
¥49,980 / ¥59,980 £425 (60GB only SKU) [6] 20GB / 60GB models
PlayStation 4 November 15, 2013 $399
Xbox November 15, 2001 $299 ¥34,800 £300 [7] Included 8GB hard drive
Xbox 360 November 22, 2005 $299 / $399 ¥29,000 / ¥39,795 £209.99 / £279.99 No hard drive / 20GB hard drive
Xbox One November 22, 2013 $499 Included Kinect unit. Price dropped to $399 after Kinect was dropped.
Master System September 1986[8] $200 ¥16,800
Sega Genesis August 1989 $189
Sega Saturn May 11, 1995 $399 £399 [9]
DreamCast September 9, 1999 $199 £199 [10]
Atari 2600 July 1977 $199
Atari 5200 1982 $269
Atari 7800 1986 $139
Atari Jaguar November 1993 $249
Mattel Intellivision 1979 $299
ColecoVision August 1982 $175 Pack-in Game (Donkey Kong)
TurboGrafx-16 August 1989 $199
Neo Geo 1990 $649
3DO October 1993 $699

Handhelds Edit

System Released U.S. price Japan price UK price Details
Game Boy
Virtual Boy
Game Boy Color
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
PSP
Playstation Vita
Atari Lynx
Sega Game Gear
Sega Nomad
TurboExpress
Game.com
Neo Geo Pocket
WonderSwan
N-Gage
Video game industry
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Dev kit · Attach rate · Gaming conventions · Recession · Rumors · Sales bumps · Casual and hardcore games · Game piracy · Grey market · Controversies · Developer disputes · Video game research · Game development
NPD sales figures · Costs (Most expensive games) · Best-selling games


External linksEdit

References Edit

  1. http://most-expensive.net/video-game-console-system
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1976825.stm
  3. http://wii.ign.com/articles/732/732644p1.html
  4. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=64356&page=2
  5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1038613.stm
  6. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6474045.stm
  7. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1936791.stm
  8. Computer Entertainer, February 1987
  9. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=64356&page=2
  10. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=64356&page=2

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