Train2Game News Consoles Prices Over The Years

Gamers shelling out £450 for the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles are actually getting a great deal, as gaming systems of yesteryear would have cost as much as £1,200 in today’s money.

The money saving team from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have looked at how much 33 classic consoles were when they launched and after adjusting the prices for inflation, it turns out that just over 30% of them would have cost more than the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

This means that the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles, which feature the very best in modern gaming technology, are actually great value for money.  

One of the first video game systems to be brought into the home was the Atari 2600. In 1977 it would have cost families £199, which translates to a whopping £1246 in today’s money.

Other expensive consoles include the 1990 TurboGrafx 16 which cost the equivalent of £914, and the 1993 Panasonic 3DO that cost a staggering £600 at the time – around £1231 now.

Some of the most budget friendly consoles that the research has highlighted include the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and Nintendo DS, which would have cost just £92 and £195 in today’s money.

TheNetVoucherCodes.co.uk team have used digital Argos catalogues going back to 1977 to find the £RRP of the consoles at launch, and worked out what they’d cost now using Bank of England’s inflation calculator.

A spokesperson forNetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: “After the new consoles were announced, gamers were waiting with bated breath to see just how much of a dent they were going to leave in their pockets.

“For the top-level consoles, families are going to have to shell out at least £500 for the system and a game which sounds extortionate, but looking at how much popular consoles have cost throughout the decades, we’re actually getting a pretty good deal.

“Video game technology is more advanced than ever before but, taking into account the price of inflation, just over 30% of mainstream consoles have technically cost more than these new releases.

“This should be good news for gamers who are keen to get their hands on the new systems. Only question is which one do you choose? It’s worth taking into account the games that will be exclusive to each console, as well as subscription costs like Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus.”

Train2Game News: Disney’s outside the box idea

Roger A. Iger has said that Disney may be going in to developing their own console. Disney has had trouble utilising the internet to date and this could be the next step.

Their new product is an ambitious and unannounced gaming initiative that is code-named Toy Box which has been described as a game console with extensive mobile and other online applications in which various Pixar and Disney characters will interact with each other for the first time.

Recently detailed was The Walt Disney Company’s struggles as it pertains to mastering the internet. The company’s online components, as well as their gaming and mobile divisions, have posted 15 consecutive quarters of losses.

The company as a whole is doing very well with ventures such as earlier this summer with the big screen phenomena that was The Avengers, which earned over 1.5 billion dollars for Marvel Studios, which is now owned by Walt Disney Pictures.

Its inability to make much headway on the internet and with games however is becoming hard to ignore and given how the importance of such outlets will only increase as time goes on, now might be time for Disney to do something particularly drastic or bold.

There are several other initiatives now under-way, to help turn the online tide. One idea includes another massive redesign of Disney.com, their third in five years.

Given Disney’s long time ties with Pixar, which is also connected to Apple who certainly have aspirations of their own, we could see the rise of an under dog in the next generation.