Yeah, and if you take Soul Calibur as a very big “for instance”, it actually looked a lot BETTER than the arcade version, since that ran on PS1-derived hardware.
VF3’s arcade version looked better, mainly because the DC port was very rushed, but only barely, realistically.
In the US, if you cared enough to play arcade games, it was tough enough to find them (I played a fair bit of VF3 in a few different places, and I played Soul Edge, but I never saw a Soul Calibur unit IRL, I don’t think, not for lack of interest.)
But as far as playing arcade games AFTER the Dreamcast, I don’t really have many memories of doing that. Just a handful (I mean, in the arcade era – not counting things like cons or barcades or any such contemporary experiences.)