NBA 2K15 allows players to scan their faces into the game for created players, using the PlayStation Camera on PlayStation 4 or the Kinect on Xbox One. The feature is new to the series this year, and on the game's launch day, we can report that the results so far have been decidedly ... mixed.
Above is a photo of a face scan for GameSpot's Chris Pereira, who posted the image on Twitter and said NBA 2K15 had told him that the in-game model resulted from an "average scan." During a demo of NBA 2K15 in New York last month, I had a chance to try the facial scanning technology on PS4. Rob Jones, the game's senior producer, told me that facial scans don't fare well in low light; generally, the more light there is in the room, the better the quality of the scan.
As you can see above, I was able to get a decent scan of my own face on PS4 — albeit with the help of a commercial-grade light source shining almost directly on my head (here's a recent photo of me, so you can see how accurate the scan is).
Others were not so fortunate. For instance, Pereira had two other miserable-looking attempts — one with hair on the side of an eye, and another resembling a victim of serious burns. My colleague Owen Good was similarly frustrated by the idiosyncrasies of the scanning system, as you can see in the video below.
There are many more NBA 2K15 monstrocities on Twitter, and SB Nation compiled some of the best (worst?). Check them out below if you're looking for something to hang on your windows to frighten trick-or-treaters this Halloween.
NBA 2K15 launched today on PlayStation 3, PS4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Facial scanning is available only in the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.