Affectionately termed “Commie 64” by those in the pioneering hacker community, this Commodore 64 Business Machine’s rather sizeable personal computer (PC) was released in September 1981 with 64 kilobytes of RAM and a 40-column text screen. The 320-by-200 pixel display-generating composite video was typically connected to a television.
In contrast, today’s tiny video game phones provide a more console-like gaming experience with improved ergonomics and no television set required. For example, the LG Electronics Company Ltd’s SV360 3D video game phone utilizes ATI Technologies Incorporated’s Image on a 2300 media processor to provide a 320-by-240 pixel LCD display and to provide clear images having more than 10,000 triangles per frame.
Fuscalso, D. Technology: Race on for TV, Video on Cellphone. The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2005, p. B7; In Brief. ATI to Power LG’s 3D Video Gaming Phone Handset. The Globe and Mail, March 10, 2005, p. B10.