So what are a few things we could we possibly take away from this data that the lovely denizens of the internet were so kind to compile?
First and foremost, that the lower costs of technology is allowing present day gamers a greater deal of entertainment than ever before indeed, at least cost of console wise (the quality of games offered wise is a different article all together!) Second, that the most successful early consoles such as the NES and Master System would have cost approximately $400 today, and the Genesis and SNES for around $350, consistent with the Wii U’s pricing.
Last but not least, we also see that setting a cheaper price on a video game console such as the Dreamcast and GameCube which were released for $260-ish doesn’t necessarily lead to success in the sales department. This can be clearly seen when combining the figures from the second and third charts, which shows the higher priced consoles such as the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, the original Xbox and Xbox 360, releasing all above $350 selling the most in terms of units. (Additionally, keep in mind that with the Xbox 360, there’s also the hidden monthly cost of Xbox Live not being added to the base model price, which would add even more to its final price.)
And now that you’ve seen the comparison over time, what do you guys think about both the Wii U’s price, and the newest PS3′s pricing? Have your minds been changed about the pricing in anyway, pro or con after seeing the comparisons?
After having my memories of console buying immediately at launch jogged for me by the charts, I would have to respond to the affirmative, and positively toward Nintendo’s new system at that. I’m honestly no longer sure why I thought the price to be slightly above what I expected in the first place, considering that I was one of the folks who picked up both the higher priced Xbox 360 the PS3 immediately on release, but I admit, I had completely forgotten about those purchases I had made so many years ago.
Despite what my good sense is telling me–that these are but arbitrary prices set by the game companies–on an emotional level, I cannot help but feel that value-wise, that $350 price for the Deluxe version of the Wii U is looking better and better, especially since it would be the first official entry into the fabled land of next-gen video game consoles (not to mention the potential lurking in Nintendo’s first party exclusives).
And now I wallow in self-loathing for finding my resolve against purchasing yet another system at launch–systems now collecting dust as I focus more attention to PC gaming–crumbling steadily.