Infographic: What Classic Consoles Would Cost if Released Today

Posted on December 17, 2013 12:00 PM by Rob Williams

I admit that I’m sometimes easily amused, but there’s just something about looking at old tech products and seeing what they’d cost today that I like. You might recall that this past summer, I relayed an Ars Technica chart that showed us what classic consoles would cost in 2013 dollars, and overall, the results were quite interesting, and even a little amusing.

Now, Redditor Auir2blaze has gone one better and actually included a picture of each console, to make the associations a little bit easier to grasp. The original image is rather massive, so I scaled it down for inclusion here. If you look back at the above-mentioned post from this summer, you’ll note that not all of the price changes are 1:1, but they’re all very close.

Classic Consoles - 2013 Pricing

The fact that the Neo Geo was $650 at launch in 1990 will never get boring. An excellent console it was, but given the fact that I had a ton of friends that played video games and not one of them had a Neo Geo, I think it definitely goes down as one of the rarer consoles.

Something I find interesting is that the Dreamcast, one of my absolute favorites, cost a mere $200 at launch. This was a console that had state-of-the-art graphics, the ability to go online, the coolest memory cards ever (they could become their own games), and yet it was affordable. If it were released today? $272 – less than a Wii U.

  • Bilal Khan

    Wheres the Sega Mega Drive 16-bit??! :(

    • Rob Williams

      That’s the Sega Genesis. It was called Genesis in North America and Mega Drive everywhere else.

      • Bilal Khan

        Aah, coolio! :D

        Oh and its Doomsday btw.. :)

  • bratly69

    Magnavox Odyssey versions are missing.

    • Rob Williams

      Good point. I’m willing to bet the creator of the image doesn’t even realize that was an actual console. So many people consider Atari to be the first.

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