Twitch streamer Felix 'xQc' Lengyel might be best known for his Overwatch skills, but he does like to play other games from time to time. He tested out NBA 2K19's face scanner during his July 2 broadcast, and the results were very bizarre.
With what should be cutting-edge technology, NBA 2K19 players can scan their faces into the game using the 'My NBA 2K19' app on their smartphones. This allows people to play with or against their favorite teams, and is supposed to add an extra element of realism and immersion to the experience.
Twitch streamer xQc found out the hard way that these things aren't always as clean-cut as they seem though, after he tried the technology for himself and got a very strange result.
During his broadcast, the Canadian streamer decided to try out the face scanning app on his phone. The application boasts a 4.7 out of 5 star rating with over 41k reviews on the official iPhone App Store, so you'd think his results would be great, right? Wrong.
Upon taking a photo of his face, the process took around a minute to upload his likeness to the game itself, which isn't bad considering it has to render a person's entire face into a 3D model.
When xQc's result first loaded itself into the game, it didn't look like him much. Though it did have a similar eye shape, and while the hairstyle was completely different, it's probably the closest asset the game has to the Canadian streamer's wild barnet, so we'll give it some credit there.
Everything else was off though, with the nose being absolutely monstrous compared to his own. It's difficult to understand why the scanner chose those specific components when the end result looks nothing like him at all.
But in a sudden twist of fate, the face changed. And what was once a head that barely resembled xQc at all quickly turned into an even worse nightmare.
If the first face didn't look anything like xQc then the second one definitely doesn't. Just why it decided to change again after he already got his result is anyone's guess. Maybe it just loaded in too slow and was always supposed to look like that. We'll never know.
The Canadian streamer found it just as hilarious as we do, and erupted into fits of laughter while putting his head in his hands upon seeing his apparent 'lookalike'.
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The face scanning app has provided players with accurate results before though, so it appears as though xQc just got unlucky with his upload. Hopefully in the future 2K Games will streamline it to make it as smooth as possible to avoid mishaps like these.