Watch the Amazing History and Evolution of Video Game Graphics


Video game graphics have come a long way since the 2D sprites of old. I remember back in the ’90s thinking that F-Zero, utilizing the Super Nintendo’s ‘Mode 7’ graphics feature, looked like the future of gaming, without even considering that one day we’d live in a world where games could look almost photo-realistic. 

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YouTuber Ahoy has created a series of videos detailing a “Brief History of Graphics,” in which he runs through the major advancements in technology that have led us to the visuals we enjoy today. The series is a compelling watch, and certainly made me stop to consider just how much the landscape of gaming has changed in just a few decades.

It’s weird to think that over the next decade the visuals we currently see on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One might look primitive compared to what we will experience in the future, especially with the rise of true virtual reality in the form of the Oculus Rift and Sony’s planned Project Morpheus. Will VR be the way we all enjoy our video games in the coming years? 

Check out the five-part video series below: