Britain’s Favourite Retro Games Consoles Revealed

Original Sony PlayStation

Ever wondered what the most popular retro console of all time is?

Money.co.uk’s Retro Tech report has found that a staggering 53% of Brits aged under 35 owned the PlayStation 2. But as popular as it was (and still is!) the original PlayStation was even more popular. 60% of under 35s polled are recorded as having owned the Sony PlayStation.

Meanwhile, the handheld Nintendo DS, which launched in the UK in 2005 was owned by 65% of 16-24 year olds at some point while the groundbreaking Gameboy, proved most popular amongst millennials, with 50% of 25-34-year-old British adults having own the console.

Salman Haqqi is money.co.uk’s personal finance expert: “It’s fun to look back at the iconic games consoles through the ages and see just how much this tech still resonates with Brits. Given our findings, it’s no surprise that Sony’s retro-inspired PS5 has captured the nation’s attention.

“The Retro Tech report found that not only were many Brits still nostalgic towards consoles such as the PlayStation and Gameboy, but how much people were willing to spend on some of these pioneering pieces of tech.

“Some retro consoles have since become sought-after collector’s items – the original Gameboy, which first retailed in 1989 at £67.40, now retails on average for £192 on eBay.”

To celebrate the nation’s favourite retro gadgets, money.co.uk has created a visual timeline infographic featuring some of the most iconic tech launches of the last century. It displays their launch dates, original cost at the time of launch, costs with inflation applied and resale costs.