Comparing the Full Price of a PS4 and XBox One at RentaCenter and Aarons

Which Rental Place Offers a Next-Gen Game System at the Lowest Price?

How much is an Xbox One at Rent a Center? How much is a PS4?

How much is an Xbox One at Aarons? How much is a PS4?

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Not everyone can afford to pay cash for the latest new game console. If this is your situation, my advice is to NOT BUY a game console. Using a credit card, and paying it off over time is an option, but this option is expensive. Using a credit card with 18% annual percentage rate (APR)(interest), you might end up paying an extra $30 in interest.

If your credit score is in the toilet, and you can't get a Visa or Mastercard, try your luck at Best Buy. They have an in-store credit card.

You shouldn't buy a game console at Aaron's or Rent a Center. Their prices are crazy.

On March 15th, I visited both stores and asked about the PS4 and the Xbox One. Here are the numbers:

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At Rent-a-Center, you pay for purchases based on how frequently you get paid. If you get paid once a week, you pay each week, if you get paid once a month, you pay once a month. For most customers, this means paying every two weeks.

For the PS4, Rent a Center charges $70 per two-weeks, or $35 per week. That's designed to be affordable, but it will be a long time before you own it. The PS4 takes 53 weeks to pay off at that rate, for a total price of $1,854.47.

For the Xbox One, the bi-weekly price at Rent-a-Center is the same, $70 per two weeks, but it takes a few more weeks to pay off: 58 weeks, or $2,029.42 total.

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Aaron's is a little less! or a little more...
At Aaron's, if you can pay that much, you'd opt for the 12-month lease-to-own plan, paying $129 per month for a PS4. Now, assuming you didn't tack on another 10% for Aaron's Service PLUS, you'd pay $129/month for 12 months, plus tax, for a total of $1,692.48.

Aaron's has plans which charge a little less per month, some as low as $80, but those plans cost much more in the long run, taking 24 months to pay, for a total price of $2,082.96.

For the Xbox One with Kinect, the pricing is the same as the PS4. A 12-month lease is $141 per month, for a total of $1,692. A 24-month lease is $86 per month for two years, a total of $2,082.

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$2,082 for a game console? Have you lost your mind?

This is a ridiculous retail proposition. What fool would sign up for this?

Not me, but I couldn't help noticing that Aaron's Xbox price ($79/month for 24 months) is the exact price and duration of my AT&T wireless contract which I signed to take delivery of my fancy new Galaxy Note smartphone.

This is embarrassing.