What do you need and how much does it cost to play video games? Video gaming cost can vary from very expensive to not much more than dinner and a movie (which can cost a hundred dollars).
In this post, I will look at the different equipment needed to play video games. I will compare the pricing for games, consoles, and any other device one may use to play.
“How can I save money and get the best deals cost-wise?” This is a very important question, especially, if you are living on a fixed income or you don’t want to waste your hard-earned cash.
I don’t mind the video gaming cost, but I want to get my money’s worth. And I am sure most everyone else feels the same way.
I hope the information provided will be helpful and useful in your video gaming cost decisions.
You know my MOTTO fellow gamers: “Let’s Game!”
So what equipment or devices are needed to be a video gamer?
1. TV: The cost of a television is not usually an added expense for playing video games. Most homes have at least one television set, if not more. However, there are other ways to play video games without a TV as we will see later.
I personally recommend a larger TV, at least a 42″ high definition screen. I have a 46″ myself, but I am asking Santa Claus for a 65″ or 70″ for Christmas. (and yes, I still believe in Santa Claus).
I want the video game characters to be larger than life. Also, a bigger screen is helpful to read the playing instructions. (My eyes ain’t quite as good as when I was a younger buck).
TV price ranges:
- Budget TVs: 40 to 43 inches: $170-$400. 49 to 55 inches: $250-700. 60 inches or larger: $500-$1100.
- Mid-level TVs: 40 to 43 inches: $350-$550. 49 to 55 inches: $650-1200. 60 inches or larger: $950-$2300.
- Top-Tier TVs: 40 to 43 inches: $400-$800. 49 to 55 inches: $750-$3000. 60 inches or larger: $1600-$6000.
2. Consoles: Okay, since you probably have a television set already, it’s time to look at video game consoles and the different pricing. The cost for systems can vary, depending on if it is new, used, the amount of storage available, or if it is an older generation of an existing system.
Another factor to consider is what games appeal to you. Each system has games that are exclusive to each particular brand. For example: The “Halo” series is for the Xbox. “God of War” is for PlayStation and “Mario Brothers is exclusive to Nintendo.
The cost for the major consoles can vary.
- Original Xbox: Cost from $49-$100 depending on the condition.
- Xbox 360: Cost from $50-$100 depending on if the system is new or used.
- Xbox One: Cost from $200-$500 for newer ones. It varies based on the amount of storage and type of bundle one chooses.
- PlayStation One: I was surprised you can still purchase this console. At a website called Stuccu, you can get it for $42.
- PlayStation Two: At Amazon, you can purchase this system for $40-$50. This system has sold over 155 million units worldwide. A very good system. I have one my self. I still love playing with it, especially, Ace Combat.
- PlayStation Three: The slimmer version seems to be the most popular. I was able to find one online for around $125 after doing some research. A very powerful system.
- PlayStation Four: I have one of these as well. Very nice gaming system. I found a slim version for $280 and a Pro version for $365. Some of PlayStation exclusive games are “God of War” and “Spiderman”.
- Original Nintendo Entertainment System: This console was one of Nintendo’s greatest successes. It helped introduced interchangeable cartridges. Cost from $50-$100.
- Original Super Nintendo Entertainment System: This was the first Nintendo 16-bit system with enhanced graphics and a new controller. Cost from $50-$150.
- Nintendo 64: This console introduced the modern joystick and had four controller ports. Cost from $80-$250.
- GameCube: First Nintendo system to use disc formats and additional memory cards. Cost from $50-$150.
- Wii: One very popular feature was the motion controls where a player can interact with the gameplay. Cost from $35-$180 (some with extra accessories like a steering wheel).
- NES Classic Edition 2016 mini: This is a newer version of the original. It also includes 30 classic NES games. Cost from $70-$85.
- Nintendo Switch: This console is a new hybrid of home and portable systems. Pretty cool feature. Being newer the cost ranges from $250-$350.
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System Classic Edition 2017: This is also a mini version of the original Supersystem. It includes 20 built-in games plus a bonus game, Star Fox 2. Cost from $100-$150. There was one on eBay which has over 350 classic games available.
3. Handheld Video game systems:
- Wolsen Color: A little 8-bit emulator that comes with 152 games along with the memories these games can bring back. Cost/$18.
- GBA Retro Mini: After playing games (Contains 1600+ games), you can kick back and watch TV on this device. Cost/$33.
- I’m Game 120: This one is great for road trips or traffic jams if you’re not the driver. Cost/$40.
- Rongyuxuan Console: Hard to pronounce, but fun to play the old classic video games. You can also hook it up to your 4K big screen. Cost/$23-$60.
- Sony PSPGo: With a 3.8” LCD screen, you just slip it in your shirt pocket. It also has a built-in microphone for skyping. Cost/$80-$127.
- Nvidia Shield: You can stream games from a computer or Android device. The controller is one the best for handheld systems. A little pricey, Cost/$200-$250.
- LeapFrog Leapster: This is a great system for kids. The teaching games offer math, science, geography, and keeps the young ones quiet while playing. Cost/$17.
- New Nintendo 3DS XL: A bigger screen, enhanced control and rapid processing power makes this one a step up from its predecessors. Cost/$165.
- Sony PlayStation Vita: This handheld combines extraordinary gameplay and crisp visuals. Also, you can play games remotely from your PS3 and PS4 consoles. Cost/$110-$250.
- Nintendo Switch: Whether at home or on the road, you can play this one on your home console or as a handheld device. It is also very durable when the little ones get a hold of it. Cost/$299.
4. VR (Virtual Reality):
- Samsung Gear VR: Cost/$95.
- HTC Vive: Cost/$599.
- Google Daydream View: Cost/$80.
- Sony PlayStation VR: Cost/$427.
- Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset: Cost/$399.
- Google Cardboard: Cost/$15.
- Merge VR: Cost/$43.
- Oculus: Cost/$399.
Most virtual reality systems need a phone or a PC/gaming console to use. Another thing to consider, but it is worth it. These things are awesome. You are actually in the game.
- PC (Laptops & desktops): Refurbished desktops start at $158. Brand new ones can begin at $400 and you can go higher depending on the amount of power and storage you want. With power and storage comes better gaming graphics and gameplay. Laptops can be purchased for $125.
- Tablets: A lot of families have these for their kids. Besides just playing video games, tablets are a very useful learning tool. Some games can be educational as well as entertaining. These are very affordable starting at $29 and up.
- Phones (Smart/Android): Most people today in our techno age have a phone of some kind. They are like mini-computers you hold in your hand. The price range depends on the extra “whistles and bells” that fits your personal wants and needs. Phone costs are anywhere from $20-$1000.
I lumped PC, tablets, and phones together because most people have some form of a computer in their lives whether for work or pleasure.
6. Games: (To play a game, you will need the game). Game costs go from free (with subscriptions) to over $100 depending on the edition (deluxe, premium, gold or platinum), add-ons, or what bundle package one wants.
Video games for consoles and/or computers are easy to purchase or purchase/download. Also, a lot of games are free and fun to play.
There are plenty of places to buy all you need to start your video game adventure. Here are a few.
- Retail stores: Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop.
- Add-ons purchased online.
- Monthly subscriptions:
- Game Pass
- Game Fly
- Xbox Live
- PlayStation Plus
- Online websites.
There are always deals at these stores or websites for video games or systems. Just take the time to browse and do research to see what system or game is best for your family and yourself.
How to cut/save on Video Gaming Cost:
- Trading with friends
- Holiday/Birthday Gifts
- Refurbished/Used games
- Pawn shops
- Sales in stores
- Online shopping:
- Gamestop/ You can trade in old games in for credits.
- Major retailers: Walmart, Best Buy, or Target.
Last but certainly not least, Google it. The odds are someone will probably have what you are searching for. Doesn’t hurt to try.
Or, if you’ve got plenty of money, don’t worry about gaming cost and saving. Just buy the most powerful computer/console, the biggest TV screen, and the best audio system available and enjoy the hell out of it.
I hope this post has been helpful in sorting out any questions about basic video gaming cost. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
Most people already have these devices in their lives that offer gaming in some form or fashion. Technology is part of our culture whether you are a gamer or not.
There is nothing wrong with having fun with our modern gizmos and tech-toys. The electronic world doesn’t have to be all about business or learning.
Sometimes we can, and need, to just escape from the hustle and bustle of our go-go world.
We love the idea of going to worlds of fantasies. It touches a part of our hearts, the hearts of our childhood, places where the IMPOSSIBLE is the norm. A place where dreams are not dreams, but reality.
A world where what you do matters more than what you say. But not just in a video game, but in our lives as well.
Please understand, I don’t believe we should use video games or anything else in our lives to replace eye-to-eye, hand-to-hand, heart-to-heart relationships.
Whether it be with your kids, your spouse, your parents, your friends, or just another fellow gamer, our interaction with each other counts more than a game.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave at the bottom of the page. Thanks, everyone.
GAMERS OF THE WORLD.