Next Capcom Cup drops PlayStation consoles for PC
Capcom will exclusively use PCs to power its upcoming Capcom Cup tournament, which has the best in the world street fighter 5 players are vying for a prize pool of $300,000. In a post on TwitterCapcom Fighters says all matches will be played on PCs with monitors set to 144Hz.
The company doesn’t provide any info on what hardware goes into these PCs (or if they’ll just use gaming laptops), but the move should reduce input lag – the time it takes for a system to translate your push of a button. keyboard or controller to an action displayed on the screen. Low input lag is a necessity for pros in the fighting game scene, where a delayed punch or kick can greatly affect the outcome of a match.
Input lag on the PlayStation 4 has long been an issue for street fighter 5 gamers, and even the PlayStation 5 doesn’t seem to be getting much better. While the PlayStation 4 was the console of choice for street fighter 5 tournaments before the covid pandemic hit, Arman Hanjani, a street fighter pro who is called Phenom in tournaments, says The edge that many players have switched to PC as in-person events have been canceled and more tournaments have taken place online.
“We’ve all been playing on PC mostly for a few years,” says Hanjani. “That’s where the game is most responsive.” That, coupled with the game running better on PC, is likely the catalyst for Capcom’s decision. Other street fighter advantages, including Arturo Sanchezalso known as Sabin, have long pushed for street fighter 5 the tournaments take place on PC.
We got a taste of what an all PC is street fighter 5 might look like last year’s MSI-sponsored Defend the North competition, but we probably can’t expect smaller tournaments to take the lead. As Kevin Higgins, co-founder of Supercombo.gg points out, buying and maintaining gaming PCs for hundreds (or even thousands) of gamers is unrealistic for some event organizers.
Also, as Higgins notes, input latency isn’t always consistent across devices, whether that’s because one configuration is slightly different from another or the event organizer doesn’t failed to install a driver update on any of the machines. It’s easier (and cheaper) to achieve a level playing field with consoles that have more predictable levels of performance.
It’s a shame that it took seven years after the release of street fighter 5 for one of the biggest tournaments to enable PC gameplay, but better late than never. We’ll have to see if other major fighting game tournaments make the transition to PC (although that might not happen with Evo, since Sony partially owns it).
“This is probably the last Capcom Cup for street fighter 5, and it ends in the best possible way,” says Hanjani. “We can all play hard.” The Capcom Cup starts on February 12.