Every player in the top 8 of most recent Capcom Pro Tour event played on PC, only one in the top 16 used a PlayStation 4

Top level pros in Japan look to be heavily migrating away from the PlayStation 4 console

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • July 29, 2020 at 3:42 p.m. PDT | Comments: 43

When it comes to deciding which platform to play Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition on in tournament, there looks to be a clear winner in Japan. The PC was the vastly dominant system when the most recent Capcom Pro Tour 2020 Asia East 1 competition went down, this last weekend, with every competitor in the top 8 using a computer.

Things weren't much better for the PlayStation 4 when we looked at the top 16, as all but one competitor there also competed on the PC in Street Fighter 5.

I compared experiences recently between the platforms Street Fighter 5 is available on, and for me, I felt the PC was a clearly superior experience. I noticed my PlayStation 4 had trouble keeping up when latency started to happen while playing online, and I felt the difference between the two systems was substantial.

When I looked at the Capcom Fighters Network (CFN) accounts for the players who made it into the top 16, I noticed many of them had a PlayStation 4 account which was older and had more points. The assumption here is that these players are migrating to the PC, because they feel it's a better experience using a computer.

PlayStation consoles have had a notoriously rocky history in the fighting game community, where complaints of latency and other issues caused EVO 2013's staff to restrict stages to training mode only. The next year at EVO, the PlayStation 3 consoles were removed in favor of Xbox 360 units for Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

The PlayStation 5 is set to arrive in the latter part of 2020, and it remains to be seen how effective Sony's backwards compatibility is at running Street Fighter 5. Until then, it's very clear that a number of professional players in Japan have already made the switch over to personal computers. Here's a breakdown of how this last weekend's tournament looked.

PC players who made the top 16
• BST|Daigo
• BST|Fuudo
• KFGC|Verloren
• Rohto|Tokido
• Victrix|Momochi
• FAV|Ryuusei
• Cosco
• Youshikibi
• DNG|Itabashi Zangief
• AXIZ|Shuto
• DeadlyPoison
• GyoGun|Moke
• AE|Kosaku
• FAV|Sako
• GyoGun|Mizuha

PlayStation 4 players who made the top 16
• YHC-Mochi

Banner image of hands from George Hodan. Image of PC case from Phanteks.

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