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SKMBlake said:
I did justify the reason at least 3 times, you don't wanna read it, fine, but that's not my fault.
Your only argument is "inflation" and nothing else. Well, guess what, people don't give a bread about how consoles cost 20 years ago. Parents won't buy a 500$ device for their kids which only does gaming (which they already consider to be bad for kids anyway).

But yeah, go to every wallmart you can see when the 500$-Nex gen consoles are released and show them your charts, I'm sure they will convince them

You haven't provided any evidence. What proof is there showing that consumers will never spend more than $400 on a console? That would be justifying your claimed exception to the rule that inflation matters. Simply asserting something doesn't make it true. But all you've done is assert that $400 is the absolute upper limit for the sticker price of a console, and that going any higher will be a deal-breaker. Do you think that people still won't pay more than $400 ten years from now? 20 years? What evidence is there that $400 is that cut-off point, that psychological barrier that makes people go "No way!" no matter what the value of a dollar is now or will be in the future? What evidence is there that consumers uniquely place that arbitrary monetary ceiling to video game consoles and not other consumer electronics or other goods? Again, I want concrete data, not mere assertions. "Because consoles are designed primarily for playing games" is an assertion. Prove that it matters, with real data.

In short, you think inflation uniquely doesn't matter to consoles anymore? Prove it.

I already provided evidence that the upper limit of what consumers would find acceptable for a console at launch is a moving target. 25-30 years ago $400 was prohibitively expensive, as demonstrated by the Neo-Geo and Saturn. Now it is not. $200 used to be the norm for launch prices. Now it is not. The realities of economics involve the ever-declining value of a dollar. 20 years from now $400 will be dirt cheap (about $244 in 2019 dollars, assuming 2% annual inflation), and there's no reason to think that it no longer matters when it comes to video games when it clearly mattered in the past. I also pointed out that consoles do get price cuts throughout their lives.

I provided my evidence. The numbers are there for all to see. What do you have to support your case?

Last edited by Shadow1980 - on 20 April 2019


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