FOLLOWING the announcement of the PlayStation 2-themed PS5, Britain’s favourite retro games consoles have been revealed.
The enthusiasm from Sony fans following the announcement of this ‘retro-inspired’ model was no surprise considering the PlayStation 2’s continuing popularity.
Money.co.uk’s Retro Tech report found that a staggering 53% of Brits aged under 35 owned the PlayStation 2.
Furthermore, 22% of Brits aged under 35 said they still feel nostalgic towards the PlayStation 2 console.
According to the study of 2,000 British adults, the PlayStation 2 isn’t the only retro device that Brits would like to see inspiring future games consoles.
The original PlayStation was even more popular than its successor, with 60% of under 35s having owned this iconic console – making it an obvious choice for the next ‘retro-inspired’ PlayStation console. Almost 1 in 5 of Brits aged 16-34 still miss this device.
The research found that it is not only Sony’s consoles that Brits have fond memories of.
The handheld Nintendo DS, which launched in the UK in 2005, is the games console 16–24-year-olds miss the most.
More than 1 in 4 of this age group feel nostalgic towards the device, with an impressive 65% having owned this pocket-sized console at some point.
Nintendo’s first handheld game console, the original Gameboy, proved most popular amongst millennials – not only did half of 25-34-year-old British adults own this device, 27% still feel nostalgic about it today.
Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at money.co.uk comments:
“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 featuring some of the most iconic tech launches of the last century, their launch dates, original cost at the time of launch, costs with inflation applied and resale costs. To view the timeline, visit: https://www.money.co.uk/guides/retro-tech
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