Video game consoles have been sought-after by kids since the 1970s when Atari brought them into homes, and then, taken a step further when Nintendo releases the NES in the 1980s. It became a phenomenon, which prompted kids to save their allowance all year to get their favorite games, or if they had generous parents, get one on Christmas morning.
With the onset of new virtual reality devices on their way, via the upcoming releases of Facebook’s Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR, some have criticized them as too pricey… especially since they’re simply accessories for the actual consoles or PCS themselves.
But, if you look back in history, they’re not far off from systems of the past.
TheAtlas.com recently released a data chart that breaks down the price of game consoles over the years, adjusting for inflation. And, they found that some of the earliest consoles from the 1970s cost far more than today’s machines.
At the top of the list is the 1990s NEO GEO, reigning supreme as the most expensive console of the last 40 years, costing nearly $1,200 USD if it were released today. The Oculus Rift, however, does rank among the top of the list, as well as the HTC Vive. But, on the flip side, the best deal of the last several decades is 2001’s Nintendo GameCube.
See the full list below: