Street Fighter 6 becomes the first true next-gen fighter thanks to new input delay feature

Street Fighter 6 is getting an exciting new feature that allows players to reduce input lag. In basic terms, this means that the time between pressing a button and an action occurring in the game is shortened, a huge boon for any fighting game where reactions are key.

While this is obviously useful across all platforms, it’s best experienced with a combination of a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S, and a 120hz monitor, where input lag and overall gaming performance will be at their best. With this, Capcom has dropped the mic, set a bar for other developers in the genre, as well as established current-gen consoles as the competitive standard for the game.

There’s a new closed beta for SF6 coming soon, check out the trailer for it here!

But why is it such a big deal? Especially for those unfamiliar with the genre, it’s easy to see that less lag is a good thing, but broader implications of such a development may not be clear. First, in the hearts and minds of the competitive elite of fighter jets, the best performing platform is paramount. If the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S has the least input lag, it forces a transition from the last generation to the current of the most influential players, which trickles down to the community at large.

It’s worth noting that this input lag option will also be available on PC by turning off V-Sync and adjusting the refresh rate to at least 120hz. Those with powerful rigs that can handle it will be able to perform at the same level, but for those making the leap from the previous generation of consoles, the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S are the most affordable options.

It also affects tournaments, the arena where games like Street Fighter 6 carve out a life long after its launch month. It is in the best interest of the tournament organizer to give the platform the least input delay possible within the budget. They obviously can’t put out dozens of computers packing 3080s, so wider adoption of current gen consoles is probably in the cards in the near future.

The idea that players with a competitive mindset in Street Fighter 6 will move en masse to newer consoles was echoed by renowned American fighting gamer, tournament organizer and recently master of high refresh rate monitors Arturo Sanchez. They took to Twitter after the news to express their thoughts:

It’s impossible to consider the movement between console generations without noting the burdens of doing so. Not only are they expensive, but even now it’s a genuine struggle to get your hands on a PS5. If you’re planning on playing Street Fighter 6 at its best and you’re not rocking a rig that would make Digital Foundry blush, you might want to start looking for an upgrade.

For more Street Fighter 6 content, check out our coverage of Street Fighter 6’s online experience setting a new gold standard for gamers, as well as a Capcom financial report that reveals the game won’t be released until April 2023.

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