Right now, you may be wondering whether games and consoles and that actually cost more today than they used to? What if we were able to adjust the prices of classics games machines and their games by accounting for inflation? Why, if we did that we would learn whether they are more or less expensive than they were back in this thing: the day!
So let us perform this task and put the nonsense to bed. Come on, everyone!
...That was a really weird intro. I don't know if it made sense.
I MIGHT BE GETTING A MIGRAINE.
Admittedly, that's about the same price as a decent-ish laptop, but - through the jaundiced, prejudiced, eyes of 2018 - it's a challenge to wrap your head around spending so much on something which offered such terrible graphics and gameplay, and was probably stuffed full of asbestos.
For context, when the 2600 was released in the UK, the average house price was £13,820, and a packet of smokes would set you back around 58p. In short: you could've bought almost 350 packets of ciggies for the price of an Atari, and smoked yourself to death.
Do you feel stupid for moaning about the price of modern games now? That's okay. You can't help being this: an idiot.
Okay. Stop doing this: that.
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID.
That's to be expected given that the only thing the marketing for the PS2, 3 and 4 implied you'd get from them was rubella.
In today's money, it would've cost around £729. Which might've been fine had the Saturn been technologically superior to the PlayStation. It wasn't though; it was the games industry equivalent of rocking up to a Formula One race inside one of those wheeled basket things that old women drag around the shops.