PS1, 2, 3 and 4 graphical comparison

The PlayStation has been around for 20 Years! 20!! It only seems like yesterday when I rushed home from college to receive my beautiful grey box and smash out an epic gaming session of Battle Arena Toshinden, Wipeout and Destruction Derby.  Good times.

Little did I know at the time that the graphics on the PS1 was just the beginning, I mean it was a big enough leap from 16 bit sprites to 3D gaming, that was enough for me, even though the graphics looked like a computer and vomited onto a wire frame model.

But then 6 years later Sony had done it again with the PS2, This time I rushed home from work to tinkle my eyeballs with Ridge Racer, the leap in graphical fidelity was huge, or so I thought – looking back now, they seem quite bad. Regardless, the PS2 went on to be the biggest selling console ever and rightly so, with some amazing games, like the GTA series, really coming to life on Sony’s second generation system.

In 2006 Sony released the PlayStation 3. Not as much of a song and dance was made with this machine, mainly because it was released much later the Xbox 360. By this time, I was used to graphics getting better and better thanks to developers squeezing out all they could from a console, especially near the end of its life cycle.

And finally we have the PS4, even in its early life, some of the graphics we’ve seen so far are staggering (a dark rainy night in Chicago in Watch Dogs for example) and things are only going to get better in the years to come.

Anyways, you all know this brief history, and as the age-old gaming saying goes, ‘graphics do not make a game’. However I do like a celebration of graphics, and  YouTube user SA300i has put together a video comparing the graphics from all of Sony’s consoles. Not only does it do a great job showing the progress in games design (or lack of in some cases), but also progress in technology. It’s fascinating, a highlight is the progression of GTA found at around the 5:57 mark. Truly astonishing.

The video is around a year old now so some of you may have already seen it, but it’s a first for me.

Paul Collett

Co-founder of this site, been gaming since Clive invented the Spectrum. Been a Sony fan ever since Nintendo messed up the SNES CD deal.

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