Last Updated on August 10, 2022
In news that will surprise no one who has tried buying classic consoles in the past two years, the Atari Jaguar has been ranked the most valuable – and therefore, expensive – retro console on the second-hand market
Accompanying the console in the top 10 are the SEGA Dreamcast and Saturn, and the Atari 2600.
These devices sit alongside more recent hardware, such as the hard to find PlayStation 5 and Xbox S series consoles.
The research was conducted by Bitcade, and analyzed over 13000 listings on eBay, Gumtree, and WeBuy/CEX.
The top 10 most valuable consoles in the second-hand resale market are:
- Atari Jaguar (1993)
- PlayStation 5 (2020)
- Xbox Series X|S (2020)
- Sega Dreamcast (1998)
- PlayStation 4 (2013)
- Nintendo Switch (2017)
- PlayStation Vita (2011)
- Sega Saturn (1990)
- PlayStation 3 (2006)
- Atari 2600 (1977)
Bitcade is the largest custom-built arcade machine producer in the UK. Director Jack England:
“Retro consoles continue to have appeal – whilst modern consoles are popular, our data shows that retro gaming consoles are giving the more modern beasts a run for their money, with 4 of the top 10 being pre 2000 consoles. Based on these findings, we’d encourage consumers to check in their storage for any forgotten gaming gems which could be sold for a decent profit.”
Researchers scored consoles on a rarity score (R), lowest current price (L), highest current price score (H), and the subsequent average potential price on the resale market score (A). These were the. Compiled, with each console ranked.
For more information on the full research, visit Bitcade.
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