First, short background: I’m a PS3 online warrior (maybe not the best opening gambit, sure I lost a few readers there). Been interested in going to tournaments for a while but they are all on XBox 360, so finally brought myself a second stick, the Qanba (also known as the EightArc in the U.S.) so I could use it when I went to tournaments.
My first tournament, single elimination, went in too hard (my Dudley vs. their Honda), and when the match finished I realised I was running high with adrenaline by how dry my mouth was… Thought, fine, standard for first tournament, there’s always next time!
Went to my second tournament yesterday, double elimination, felt fine, decided to drink water just in case, felt much more comfortable. Came up against a Ryu, and I’m an online warrior, so I know that match(!), and… I just dropped links all over the place, and otherwise just didn’t perform to the level I really expect of myself.
So, I can’t be the only person who’s experienced this sort of thing. Firstly, is this just normal, and just nerves that I have to overcome before I can play what I feel is my standard game?
Secondly, I’ve heard before that there were differences in lag of a frame or two between the PS3/XBox version. This isn’t actually a factor when switching between consoles, is it? I play on a zero lag display at home, and I’m only using two frame links (Dudley fMK, cLP, cLP, sHK xx / fHK, cLP, sHK xx / cLK, cLP, sHK xx / etc.) so it’s hardly the hardest and/or tightest set of combos to perform, and I can do these fine online with reasonable consistency, but I just wasn’t hitting this at all yesterday, particularly, bizarrely, I thought, the fMK into cLP link.
Thing is, I don’t know anyone with an XBox, me and my friends are all on PS3, so I have no way to really test this out without shelling out the money for the console and copy of the game, for something that might actually be a non-issue. I would love to sit my PS3 and an XBox side by side and just practice a combo on one, and then do exactly the same thing on the second and see if there is a difference. But that’s not an option.
The thing is, I think the uncertainty about hitting my links on the 360 is feeding back into my tournament nerves, and it just means that I’m mixing myself up before the tournament has even started.
Are response times between 360 and PS3 actually a difference, and if I want to compete I have to shell out for an entirely new console and copy of the game to practice on? Or, is this just standard nerve stuff that I need to hit a few tournaments to gain enough experience with so that I actually feel comfortable?