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Here's How Much A PlayStation 1 Would Cost In Today's Money

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Here's How Much A PlayStation 1 Would Cost In Today's Money

Technology surges onwards yet some might argue that the golden age of gaming is in the past. However, hypothetically, if you were to purchase an original PlayStation for Christmas with today’s currency, you might want to tighten your belt and cut corners on the trimmings for the turkey dinner. 

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Ebuyer crunched the calculations, using the retail price of the PlayStation in the United Kingdom back in 1995 to work out how much you would shell out for the same product over two decades after its launch. With classics like Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, the Tomb Raider games and the start of the Crash Bandicoot series, some might say the original PlayStation is priceless. I mean, who in their right mind could put a price on the memories playing these games, cross-legged and gawping at the possibilities that video games could have? 

Check out our collection of the cream of the crop of original PlayStation games - which one is your favourite?

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Never fear. As a society, we love to slap a number on something emotionally significant to indicate its material value. In 1995, the PlayStation sold for $299 on the shelves of electronics shops. In 2020, that price tag would have been crossed out — it would cost $783. 

Cor. That’s not even the most expensive PlayStation out there. The Net Yaroze is a development version of the console that allows users to test out their own games and improve them ahead of their release. Several different colours of the Net Yaroze are available, and the white version reaches $6,500 at auctions. 

Recently, Sony has been criticised for terminating an employee after she spoke out about the discrimination she had endured in its offices. According to the ensuing lawsuit, it “tolerates and cultivates a work environment that discriminates against female employees,” as well as a lack of “sufficient oversight or safety measures to protect against intentional and overt discrimination.” 

Featured Image Credit: Nikita Kostrykin via Unsplash, 20th Century Fox

Topics: PlayStation, Sony

Imogen Donovan
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