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Quiz – how much games consoles cost at launch from Atari 2600 to PlayStation 5

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Though you’d probably struggle to find one at the moment – unless Santa had a surprise for you – the next-gen games consoles are out now heralding the start of the ‘ninth generation’ of video gaming.

Of course, new hardware means top-end prices with both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X coming in at a hefty £450 each, though cheaper variants – the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition (£360) and Xbox Series S (£250) – are also available.

Though there’s no doubt the price of consoles is creeping up, so is inflation, so what seems like some of the most expensive gaming hardware ever may actually be quite a good deal compared to previous generations.

To prove this, NetVoucherCodes looked at the UK launch prices of dozens of consoles going right back to the Atari 2600 in 1977 to see just how much they cost then, and how much that would be today accounting for inflation.

The digital Argos catalogues were used to find the pricing for each machine, with inflation figured out using the Bank Of England’s calculator.

To make it a little bit more interactive, we’ve put together a quiz featuring 21 of the best-known consoles from the past to see if you can guess how much they cost at launch.

Whether you guess right or wrong (or maybe you know the answers!), we’ve included a bit of information about each machine along with how much those launch prices would be in 2020 pounds sterling.

By the end, you probably won’t feel too bad about how much you paid for you PS5 or Xbox Series X!

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The full list of console prices and more information can be seen here.

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Let’s Sing ABBA: When Karaoke Meets Disco

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Let's Sing ABBA: When Karaoke Meets Disco


Players have been asking us for years to include more ABBA in Let’s Sing. We listened and made a special edition that will satisfy all your wishes — but we didn’t stop at the songs.


When you think about pop music, there are a lot of artists that come to mind. Some are one-hit-wonders, others have one or two successful albums. And then there are the artists and bands that shaped the genre into what it is today with their songs being seared into collective consciousness. One of those bands is, without a doubt, ABBA.

So, if you think about, it really only made sense for us to honor one of the most successful and influential pop bands of all time with their own special entry into the Let’s Sing series. Everyone knows at least some of their songs, probably even by heart without even realizing it. And we have also been asked for years to include more ABBA into our games. So by popular demand, here it is: Let’s Sing ABBA!

Picking the songs for this edition was easy and hard at the same time, simply because there are just so many hits to choose from! A few were of course absolute no-brainers. From the first moment it was completely unthinkable not to include the likes of “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” or “Super Trouper” in the playlist. From there on out, it was more of a question of “What don’t we include?”

A testament to that is the fact that we broke our own rules, at least a little bit: Usually, the international version of a Let’s Sing game includes 30 songs. However, Let’s Sing ABBA includes 31 — because we wanted to add a song from their newest album Voyage, which they released in 2021. So our karaoke players get 30 classic hits that take you right back to the era of platform shoes, flared pants and disco balls and one new hit, “I Still Have Faith In You.”

But we knew that we couldn’t stop there. To let people experience Let’s Sing the ABBA way with more than just the songs, we overhauled the interface and also the avatars to look a little bit more like the band members. Play long enough and you will unlock iconic outfits that are sure to give your next performance an additional boost of confidence.

Other than that, Let’s Sing ABBA comes with single and multiplayer modes, leaving no excuses for people not to join in. I you want to get a head start and practice on your own? We’ve got you covered. Want to get into a singing competition for the ages with some friends? Done. You’re looking for a special challenge? Our mixtape mode is definitely for you — no two playlists in this dynamically generated mode are the same.

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We got a glimpse of the fact that we had made the right choice with Let’s Sing ABBA during gamescom: Even more people than we could have possibly hoped for stopped by to step into our karaoke box and belt out some disco tunes, also cramming more people in there than we thought possible. Needless to say, all of them were leaving with big smiles on their faces once they were done. Mission accomplished on our end. Thank you for the music so far and we can’t wait to see some great performances on social media!

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Let’s Sing ABBA

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After a 40-year break, ABBA is back! So why not perform some of the band’s biggest hits in your own living room to celebrate their triumphant return to the stage.
Travel back to the glory days with hits like “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” and “Waterloo”. Get some friends together to party with “Dancing Queen”, the musical number “Mamma Mia” or rock out to “I Still Have Faith In You”, the lead track from their brand-new album.

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• A strong playlist with 31 songs: 30 popular classics from the 70s and a new hitsong from the new album Voyage
• Dress up your Avatars in iconic ABBA outfits
• Seven exciting game modes: Legend, Classic, Mix Tape 2.0, Jukebox, Feat., World Contest and Let’s Party
• Perform the ABBA classics with your friends! With fours mics and 4 smartphones, up to eight players can join in on the fun in the Let’s Party mode.

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