Remember back when game consoles started at a $200 price point? Unless you were born prior to 1995 you probably don't, but there was a time when $200 would grant you access to the most popular of Nintendo's consoles. In the modern age we aren't so lucky, and you'll have to drop at least $400 if you want to get your hands on the latest creation from Sony. But we can't exactly blame developers for this hike in price, a lot of it has to do with inflation. Thanks to a nifty Infographic, created by Reddit-user Auir2blaze, we are getting a glimpse at just how bad modern price fluctuations would have affected retro consoles, had they released today.
Maybe we can blame developers a little bit. After all, Nintendo managed to keep their price points relatively low, just look at the Nintendo 64, Gamecube, and Wii. The Sega Dreamcast is also a clear winner here, and a highly under-rated system in my opinion. What is perhaps most shocking are the prices for the original in-home consoles (Atari 2600, Intellivision) as well as the NeoGeo and the 3DO. When you sit back and look at some of these consoles, Nintendo excluded, I guess Sony and Microsoft aren't that far off the mark with their newest systems.
The Xbox One is the successor to Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console. It features an eight-core x86 CPU with more than 5 billion transistors, 8GB of system memory and a 500GB hard drive. The system includes a Blu-ray drive, 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI In/Out and USB 3.0. Every Xbox One ships with a Kinect and with this generation Microsoft is pushing to become a de facto TV companion going beyond gaming.
The PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a last-generation console and home entertainment system featuring a x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" SoC, 8GB of RAM and 500GB of storage. Sony incorporates a touchscreen and a share button on the new DualShock 4 controller and enables a view of in-game play streamed live from friends.
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