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    For People Who Think PS3 Is Expensive...

    I was one of those people until I read this;

    "All four machines had similar standard memory configurations in the years 1982/83: 48K for the Apple II+; 64K for the IBM PC; and 48K for the Atari 800.

    At upwards of $1,200, the IBM PC and Apple II were more than twice as expensive, while the Atari 800 cost $899."

    Looking at that I would say the PS3 is quite cheap xD

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    aye, the nes ranged between $200-250 in the USA, with the snes at the same price. Other consoles that appeared went up to $1000, and if you think about it, people had less money back then. Value has gone down over those 20+ years as the dollar has gone up. No one in their right mind would spend 250 for an nes in todays standards, it was similar back in the day as well. A price tag of $599 is reasonable.

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    Manf.----Console-----Launch---Sales----Original price
    Sony---PlayStation-----1994---102.49*-----$300
    Nintendo-----NES -----1985-----61.9*------$200
    Nintendo-----SNES-----1991----49.1*-------$200
    Atari--Atari 2600-------1977-----40*--------$200
    Nintendo--N64---------1996-----32.93*-----$200
    Sega---Genesis--------1988-----29*--------$190
    Sega---Mega Sys.-----1986-----13*--------$200
    Sega---Saturn---------1994-----10*--------$400
    Sega---Mega CD-------1991-----6*---------$400
    Sanyo,etc----3DO-----1993------6*---------$700
    SNK---Neo-geo--------1990------1*---------$650
    Philips--CD-i-----------1991-----567**------$700
    *millions
    ** thousand

    Notice a semi-constant trend? Usually the higher the price, the less it sells. Now this isn't a conclusive list, but it includes some of the more popular consoles (NOTE: I didn't include this gen or last gen consoles because they are still being manufactured and sold)

    For a better comparison visit this site to get a broader perspective on console prices then and now: (I cannot attest to the accuracy of the relative prices)

    http://curmudgeongamer.com/2006/05/h...-500-aint.html

    One will notice that the pricier consoles (i.e. CD-i $400, 3DO $700, and NEO GEO $650) did not fair as well as their competition. However, if you look at their relative price, what they would cost today, they exceed the price of the PS3. So there is room for speculation....

    Personally, I think the PS3 will outsell the 360, but it will take some time... maybe by early 2009. But I also think that its $600 price tag forms a sort of psychological hurdle in the mind of the consumer, because it exceeds $500, making it closer to 1K. Plus we've all been taught to round up after five. However, from previous console sales and their relative cost it seems that the sweet spot for console prices is between $300-450.


    -Sorry for the screwed up chart, but if any of my figures are off, please let me know
    Last edited by Rahnter; 05-20-2007 at 10:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahnter
    Manf.----Console-----Launch---Sales----Original price
    Sony---PlayStation-----1994---102.49*-----$300
    Nintendo-----NES -----1985-----61.9*------$200
    Nintendo-----SNES-----1991----49.1*-------$200
    Atari--Atari 2600-------1977-----40*--------$200
    Nintendo--N64---------1996-----32.93*-----$200
    Sega---Genesis--------1988-----29*--------$190
    Sega---Mega Sys.-----1986-----13*--------$200
    Sega---Saturn---------1994-----10*--------$400
    Sega---Mega CD-------1991-----6*---------$400
    Sanyo,etc----3DO-----1993------6*---------$700
    SNK---Neo-geo--------1990------1*---------$650
    Philips--CD-i-----------1991-----567**------$700
    *millions
    ** thousand

    Notice a semi-constant trend? Usually the higher the price, the less it sells. Now this isn't a conclusive list, but it includes some of the more popular consoles (NOTE: I didn't include this gen or last gen consoles because they are still being manufactured and sold)

    For a better comparison visit this site to get a broader perspective on console prices then and now: (I cannot attest to the accuracy of the relative prices)

    http://curmudgeongamer.com/2006/05/h...-500-aint.html

    One will notice that the pricier consoles (i.e. CD-i $400, 3DO $700, and NEO GEO $650) did not fair as well as their competition. However, if you look at their relative price, what they would cost today, they exceed the price of the PS3. So there is room for speculation....

    Personally, I think the PS3 will outsell the 360, but it will take some time... maybe by early 2009. But I also think that its $600 price tag forms a sort of psychological hurdle in the mind of the consumer, because it exceeds $500, making it closer to 1K. Plus we've all been taught to round up after five. However, from previous console sales and their relative cost it seems that the sweet spot for console prices is between $300-450.


    -Sorry for the screwed up chart, but if any of my figures are off, please let me know
    well done... logical and precise. 80% concrete points, 20% backed up by opinion. I like.
    Last edited by Shiftfallout; 05-20-2007 at 10:39 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Griever
    I was one of those people until I read this;

    "All four machines had similar standard memory configurations in the years 1982/83: 48K for the Apple II+; 64K for the IBM PC; and 48K for the Atari 800.

    At upwards of $1,200, the IBM PC and Apple II were more than twice as expensive, while the Atari 800 cost $899."

    Looking at that I would say the PS3 is quite cheap xD
    You can't compare computers to video game systems. They were (and always will be) higher than video game systems. It's like comparing boat prices to cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahnter
    Manf.----Console-----Launch---Sales----Original price
    Sony---PlayStation-----1994---102.49*-----$300
    Nintendo-----NES -----1985-----61.9*------$200
    Nintendo-----SNES-----1991----49.1*-------$200
    Atari--Atari 2600-------1977-----40*--------$200
    Nintendo--N64---------1996-----32.93*-----$200
    Sega---Genesis--------1988-----29*--------$190
    Sega---Mega Sys.-----1986-----13*--------$200
    Sega---Saturn---------1994-----10*--------$400
    Sega---Mega CD-------1991-----6*---------$400
    Sanyo,etc----3DO-----1993------6*---------$700
    SNK---Neo-geo--------1990------1*---------$650
    Philips--CD-i-----------1991-----567**------$700
    *millions
    ** thousand

    Notice a semi-constant trend? Usually the higher the price, the less it sells. Now this isn't a conclusive list, but it includes some of the more popular consoles (NOTE: I didn't include this gen or last gen consoles because they are still being manufactured and sold)

    For a better comparison visit this site to get a broader perspective on console prices then and now: (I cannot attest to the accuracy of the relative prices)

    http://curmudgeongamer.com/2006/05/h...-500-aint.html

    One will notice that the pricier consoles (i.e. CD-i $400, 3DO $700, and NEO GEO $650) did not fair as well as their competition. However, if you look at their relative price, what they would cost today, they exceed the price of the PS3. So there is room for speculation....

    Personally, I think the PS3 will outsell the 360, but it will take some time... maybe by early 2009. But I also think that its $600 price tag forms a sort of psychological hurdle in the mind of the consumer, because it exceeds $500, making it closer to 1K. Plus we've all been taught to round up after five. However, from previous console sales and their relative cost it seems that the sweet spot for console prices is between $300-450.


    -Sorry for the screwed up chart, but if any of my figures are off, please let me know
    I find it hard to believe the Neo-Geo only sold 1 million, while the 3D0 sold 6 million. The Neo-Geo was awesome, and had a lifespan of over 10 years. Great 18th birthday present from my mom in November, 1990.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Knight
    Great 18th birthday present from my mom in November, 1990.
    ...No it wasnt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dongo
    ...No it wasnt.
    Oh yes it was. The Neo-Geo was probably the greatest birthday gift I ever got, and the most expensive. You may not have liked it, but I was a huge NG fan.

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    You forgot the Phantom, N-Gage, Atari 5200, Neptune, 32x, Virtual Boy, and many other game systems that defined failure. I personally think the worst of all was the Phantom. Since it never launched, and still pulled in millions of dollars in funding. It was a massive fraud for some con artists.

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    You can't compare computers to video game systems. They were (and always will be) higher than video game systems. It's like comparing boat prices to cars.
    1) I could build a top of the range PC for less than the price of a PS3 or a 360. Hell, my laptop is pretty decent and this is both less and from the rip-off artists at PC world.

    2) Not all of them are computers; and, at the time, the definition between a computer and a console was extremely slim.

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