Solid Vision are interactive holographic projections. Seto Kaiba used this phenomenon to create holographic monsters in order to recreate the Experience of Death Penalty Game and enhance games, including Duel Monsters, Dungeon Dice Monsters and Capsule Monster Chess.
Duel Monsters cards contain microchips. When the cards are played in a Battle Box, Dueling Arena, Duel Disk or Duel Runner, the microchip is activated. The data it contains is used to created the Solid Vision holograms. There are also certain situations where the holograms can inflict real damage.
In the manga, Kaiba created Battle Boxes which used Solid Vision to enhance Duel Monsters and made a deal with Industrial Illusions to produce them.
During Death-T, Kaiba used Battle Boxes, to create holograms of the monsters Summoned in Duel Monsters and Capsule Monster Chess. Whoever lost a game, would be subject to the Illusion of Death by virtual reality. He tested the Penalty Game on human subjects, finding that the average person went insane after ten minutes of the torture.
Battle Boxes were used for the Duelist Kingdom tournament.
In the anime, Dueling Arenas were used instead of Battle Boxes and Death-T did not happen.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, a new system of Solid Vision, called AR Vision is used with D-Gazer. The Duel Disks also have a new model called a D-Pad. This makes it so that the Duel can only be seen by a person if they wear the D-Gazer.
In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, solid vision has now been developed into solid vision with mass by a collaboration between Leo Akaba and Yusho Sakaki. The former founded the Leo Corporation to mass produce real solid vision for the general public, leading to the creation of Action Duels. Real Solid Vision is widely used by Duel Academy, The Resistance and Sector Security. The solid vision system is renamed the ARC (Augmented Reality Combat) System in the dub.
According to Leo Akaba, Real Solid Vision was discovered in the Original Dimension and it lead that Dimension's ruin. Monsters produced with Real Solid Vision become self-aware, as Monsters have souls. This caused a duelist and his four dragons to go in a rampage and merge into a single celestial dragon.
- Kazuki Takahashi explained in an interview in Duel Art that Solid Vision was inspired by the holographic Dejarik board from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
- Pre-Arc V (which has an explanation) fans often questioned how the holograms were able to cause explosive force during Duels that lacked magic.