You've never seen Daigo vs. Tokido like this: Augmented reality Street Fighter 5 matches can be viewed from any angle at Tokyo Game Show 2019

Now you really could fight on top of Guile's flat hair

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • September 12, 2019 at 12:17 p.m. PDT

Augmented reality technology is an exciting prospect for the future of video games and entertainment, but we still seem to be in the proof of concept phase before anything has the potential to take off with the wider consumer base.

Tokyo Game Show 2019 is currently going on with all of the latest games in development being shown off, but there's an interesting piece of tech currently floating around the show floor for an already released game. NTT Docomo is allowing attendees to see a special augmented reality version of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition which can let them view fights from never-before-seen viewing angles and depth.

The company's AR demonstration booth features a phone and table that can be used to watch replay match footage of a set between Street Fighter legends Rohto|Tokido and CYG|Daigo Umehara, both of whom also spoke and played an exhibition at Docomo's stage.

These matches were pre-rendered to work in an augmented environment without the stage present, but the technology could pave the way towards real-time games in the future.

Street Fighter in AR is also being used to showcase Docomo's 5G connection capabilities allowing low latency connections to multiple users to provide a smooth experience for those viewing what is essentially a tech demo at the moment.


Click image for animated versions from Yahoo Japan's Hisanori Kogure

Augmented reality has been experimented with in the past with fighting games with a designer going as far as to re-create Street Fighter 2 using the tech though it will still likely be a number of years before we're regularly using something like it in our homes in a meaningful way.

Virtual reality seems to be the hot ticket right now with Tekken 7 including a VR mode and Sony patenting a way to possibly view eSports events in-venue from the comfort of your own home.

This AR demo looks pretty fascinating when paired with SF5, but I'd also be curious to see how immersion breaking it'd be to see in something as carefully crafted using layers as Guilty Gear Xrd or Dragon Ball FighterZ are currently.

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