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Then Vs Now: A Comparison Of Game Graphics During The Past 20 Years

Game graphics have come a long way in time. While at one point gamers were excited to see a small white ball bounce back and forth across a screen, nowadays people expect photo-realism from most AAA games.

To help underscore how far we’ve come, let’s look at the hardware and game screenshots from the past 20 years of consoles.

12. Sega Dreamcast

Release Year: 1998

Hardware: 100MHz PowerVR2 GPU – 1.4 GFLOPS

Notable Games:

Shenmue II

Jet Set Radio

11. Sony PlayStation 2

Release Year: 2000

Hardware: 150MHz Graphics Synthesizer – 6.2 GFLOPS

Notable Games:

God of War II

Metal Gear Solid III: Snake Eater

10. Nintendo GameCube

Release Year: 2001

Hardware: Flipper GPU – 9.4GFLOPS

Notable Games:

Super Mario Sunshine

Metroid Prime 2 Echoes

9. Microsoft Xbox

Release Year: 2001

Hardware: Nvidia NV2A – 20 GFLOPS

Notable Games:

Ninja Gaiden Black

8. Microsoft Xbox 360

Release Year: 2005

GPU: 500MHz ATI Xenos – 240 GFLOPS

Notable Game:

Forza Motorsport 4

Splinter Cell Chaos Theory

7. Nintendo Wii

Release Year: 2006

Hardware: 243MHz ATI Hollywood GPU – 12 GFLOPS

Notable Games:

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Donkey Kong Country Returns

6. Sony PlayStation 3

Release Year: 2006

Hardware: Nvidia RSX Reality Synthesizer – 230 GFLOPS

Notable Games:

Killzone 3

Gran Turismo 6

5. Nintendo Wii U

Release Year: 2012

GPU: 550MHz AMD Latte- 352 GFLOPS

Notable Games:

Super Mario 3D World

Xenoblade Chronicles X

4. Nintendo Switch

Release Year: 2017

GPU: Nvidia Tegra – 400GFLOPS~

Notable Games:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Arms

3. Microsoft Xbox One

Release Year: 2013

GPU: AMD Radeon – 1.31 TFLOPS

Notable Games:

Quantum Break

Forza Horizon 3

2. Sony PlayStation 4

Release Year: 2013

GPU: AMD Radeon – 1.8TFLOPS

Notable Games:

God of War

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

1. Gaming PC

Release Year: Infinity and beyond

GPU: Nvidia Titan V – 110TFLOPS

Notable Games:

League of Legends (lol)

World of Warcraft (lol)

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