Using only a single USB connection, the new Tobii Eye Tracker 4C promises gamers a more immersive and natural gaming experiences without having to upgrade their existing systems or wear any additional head gear. The first thought may be to unplug those controllers, joysticks and gaming mouse and throw them in a drawer, but not so quick notes Tobii.
Intended to compliment, rather than replace, traditional PC gaming inputs, the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C uses gamer’s eye movement to create a new input modality. Pairing eye tracking with mouse and keyboard or gamepad controls give gamers a richer, more immersive experience and hopefully, allow gamers to mimic actions that occur in real life, such as looking for cover or aiming at a target.
There are other eye-tracking devices available but Tobii points, with its eyes we’re sure, to its vast expertise in this area. Tobii operates through three business units: Tobii Dynavox makes specially designed computers that are controlled by eye movement or touch screens for use by people with special needs due to spinal cord injuries, CP, ALS or other medical conditions. Tobii Pro develops and sells eye-tracking equipment and services used today by more than 3,000 companies and 2,000 research institutions, including all of the world’s 50 highest ranked universities. Finally, Tobii Tech further develops Tobii’s technology for new volume markets such as computer games, personal computers, virtual reality and vehicles.
With these proven credentials and already a global leader in eye tracking, the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C further notes, this is its second generation PC gaming peripheral, replacing the current Tobii EyeX. Taking in feedback from existing Tobii EyeX gamers, Tobii made five key advancements for the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C such as adding head tracking functionality, making it the only gaming device to provide simultaneous head and eye tracking capabilities.
Tobii promises this will improve gamer’s experiences in when used in simulator titles like ‘Elite: Dangerous’ which is using Beta code of the head tracking function.
Not only are the pieces of the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, such as the illuminator, smaller than its predecessor the new version reduces CPU load and power consumption, both crucial for gamers.
Aside from Elite: Dangerous the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C can be used with over 40 titles including, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Tom Clancy’s The Division and soon to be released, Watch Dogs 2. All the titles currently supported can be found on Tobii’s website with the company expecting 100 eye tracking enhanced games by the end of 2017, including several more upcoming AAA titles.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C will also support facial recognition for Windows Hello, Microsoft’s password-free login, allowing gamers to unlock their device with a glance.
As mentioned earlier, interested gamers won’t have to wait long. The Tobii Eye Tracker 4C is available for $149 pre-order online as of October 25 with shipping expected by shipping November 25.Last modified on 24/10/2016