Phil Spencer recently spoke out to temper concerns that the upcoming Project Scorpio, an evolution of Microsoft’s Xbox One, would have a price point high above the standard for home gaming consoles. Specifically, he noted that players shouldn’t be “worried that this thing is going to be unlike any console price you’ve ever seen.”
But what exactly is the standard for traditional console pricing? Has that standard changed over time, and has inflation altered what we consider “expensive” for these pieces of hardware?
IGN took a look at over 25 consoles, their launch years, prices, and what their current day price would be, adjusted for inflation. Take a look at the table below which compares console prices starting with the 1972 launch of the Magnavox Odyssey through the launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro.