Gaming can be a hugely enjoyable hobby, but if you want to experience the best the industry has to offer, expect to pay handsome sums for the latest equipment and today's top titles.
Premium graphics cards have been in the headlines this past week, but those really are just the tip of the iceberg. Today's best consoles can fetch up to £500, there are online subscriptions to consider, peripherals are now a hefty investment, and new games tend to start at £50, and that's before you consider any micro-transactions.
It seems as though prices for just about everything are rising at an alarmingly rapid pace, yet while the gaming industry continues to enjoy year-on-year growth, we're keen to hear about your personal experiences. Have costs forced you to change your gaming habits? Perhaps you've switched from one platform to another in order to keep costs down? Or maybe you're limiting yourself to just a few select titles each year? It's an interesting topic so let us open the debate by asking: Is the cost of gaming getting out of hand? Share your thoughts using the comments facility below.