It is difficult to measure the evolution how much video games have grown over the years, but this infograph does a pretty good job. It starts comparing the power of the CPU:
- NES: 8-bit 1.79 MHz processor, 2KB of RAM
- SNES: 3.58 MHz processor, 128KB of RAM
- PlayStation: 33.8 MHz processor, 2MB of RAM
- Nintendo 64: 93.75 MHz CPU, 36MBit of RAM
- PlayStation 2: 300 MHz CPU, 32MB of RAM
- XBox 360: 3×3.2 GHz CPUs, 512MB of RAM
- PlayStation 3: Power PC 3.2 GHz CPU + 7xSPE @3.2GHz, 256MB of RAM
With this exponential increases, the character of Mario have become more detailed:
- Mario’s first appearance was an 8-bit sprite.
- In the SNES, he became a 16-bit sprite.
- Today, some 3D Marios exceed the 10 MB.
The cost of an atari was $896, a SNES $333, and a PS3 costs $299.
This is the infograph:
Post author: Daniel Semper