Thursday 29 June 2017

Ever wonder where a pro Street Fighter player looks? Eye tracking has the answers

Ultra Street Fighter IV - Bison goes for the gut
Ultra Street Fighter IV - Bison goes for the gut
High kicks in Ultra Street Fighter IV
Frank Whelan

Frank Whelan

The world of professional Street Fighter is far removed from bashing buttons with your friends. Pro players are precision machines. Thanks to eye tracking technology, we have an insight into what a pro player is paying attention to during a match and it may be just the info to give you the edge in future.

Japanese gaming website strapped a SteelSeries Sentry Gaming Eye Tracker to pro player Sako and let him loose on an Ultra Street Fighter IV match.

In the video below, Sako's focus is indicated by a semi-transparent gray circle. At the start everything looks quite normal, but as the match begins a pattern forms.

Sako appears to be looking at the space just in front of his opponent. He rarely looks at his own character, but rather keeps a sharp eye on any potential signals for upcoming moves. It makes sense, the faster you know the move your opponent is about to perform, the faster you can react. Sako's skill is a combination of recognising signs and lightning fast reaction speed.

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