PS5 Games – The Real Truth About Video Game Prices
VideoGameDunkey argued that video games are actually cheaper now than they were when they first entered into global markets. When the Atari 2600 was released in 1977, it cost only $200. That sounds great until you realize that, due to inflation, that would equal about $900 today, making it significantly more expensive than the coveted PS5. Meanwhile, Atari games cost about $20-30 at the time, which comes out to over $100 after inflation in today’s money.
By the time the NES rolled onto the scene, video game prices had already risen significantly. VideoGameDunkey explained that games saw a sudden price jump from $20-30 to $60, which would equal over $150 in 2021. Then, things just sort of stalled. For years, games sat at an even $60, despite multiple console changes and evolving technology.
Meanwhile, games only got more expensive to make. As Charlie Hall pointed out in a piece for Polygon, AAA titles cost millions of dollars to make. Hall cited a study by designer and researcher Ralph Koster, who concluded that the price of big-budget games is actually going down in comparison to the cost of development. Combining inflation and changing development costs means that gamers are actually getting more value from games now than ever before. However, even if games aren’t that pricy in the long run, that doesn’t mean that all games are created equal.