Originally Posted by Code-Red
You must be young, so I'll explain this to you real quick.
NES at the time of release outsurpassed most computer graphics.
SNES and Genesis at time of release matched most 2D computer graphics.
N64 and PSX outsurpassed what 95% of computers were capable of at the time, because discrete 3D graphics cards were still a very limited consumer market.
PS2 and Xbox matched what was available to a computer gamer at the time.
360 and PS3 outsurpassed what the computer was capable of for a year or so after release.
I've had gaming rigs or at the very least a top of the line graphics card since 1995, I can assure you that whenever a new generation of console comes out, they will beat or atleast match what the computer is capable thanks almost directly impart due to their focused hardware programming and minimal background OS nonsense.
Wow, where to begin...
1. Perhaps in terms of games it surpassed, but that was due to programming not technology, Ricoh 2a03 1.79mhz 6um manufacturing process (nintendo entertainment system processor) Am286 8-20mhz 1.5um manufacturing process (x86 processor circa 1982) Intel 80286 4-25mhz same 1.5um process (x86 processor circa 1982)
2. SNES and Genesis had no chance once 3d games started being release in the early 90s.
3. By the time the psx (1994) was released the popular pc games quake, and shortly after quake 2 had been released. You can't honestly tell me that there are games in the n64 and psx arsenal that compare.
4. This is by far the most ridiculous statement in this list, aside from the statement after it perhaps
The "graphics synthesizer" and "emotion engine" gpu and cpu of the ps2, while interesting pieces of technology were difficult to code for, and had problems of their own. The geforce 2 series, and amd athlon/intel pentium 3/4 had no problem showing more strength. As for the original xbox, that was the first time a console was literally a dumbed down computer, Mobile Celeron "coppermine" cpu, Nv2a gpu, 64mb memory, 233mhz clock, Basically an mx2.
5. the 360 matched what high end computers had on release. By the time the ps3 dragged itself out a year after, it had been passed, pretty badly i might add. We had the 7900 series and the 8000 series right around the corner while the ps3 had it's cut down 7800 gpu, with limited memory bandwidth, and as many ROP's as a low end 7600.
I can assure you, based on rumors of specs of the new consoles that they will not even surpass top of the line last gen tech (ati 6000 series, nvidia 500 series. Phenom II and first and second gen i5/i7's)