Quoted from Det_Deckard:
I don't understand this comment. Horsepower was never the limiting factor. Everything done today could have been done in the early 90s and probably the late 80s. Was pinball so segregated from the rest of the world that it had no idea what was possible?
Power was out there.. but at the price point and the kind of real-time nature they needed? The simple issue of storage is a huge delta.. as is memory. To do a simple display like Hobbit does in high res would have been possibly only as a static image back in the early 90s (Myst anyone???).. let alone played back with no lag, no loading, at these resolutions, etc.