What are '8-bit' graphics anyway?

We find out in, in this video feature

What are '8-bit' graphics anyway?
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What is "8-bit"?

Loads of games, from Super Mega Worm to Bitcoin Billionaire and from 8-bit Waterslide to 8-bit Doves, use it as a name or as a marketing term.

But what does it even mean?

Let's take a look and figure out what the term means, what 8-bit colour depth is, how 8-bit consoles powered their graphics, and what developers are actually talking about when they use this bit of retro jargon.

Mark Brown
Mark Brown
Mark Brown spent several years slaving away at the Steel Media furnace, finally serving as editor at large of Pocket Gamer before moving on to doing some sort of youtube thing.