MSI and Tobii join forces, bring eye tracking to gaming laptops

New features are added to devices with each generation of hardware released. NFC, fingerprint scanners and eye trackers have all been bundled into smartphones to convince users the price tag is justified. But smartphones aren't the only devices getting this treatment. For example, did you know MSI have included eye tracking functionality in their latest gaming laptop? No? Well read on.

The MSI GT72S G Tobii, a brute of a machine is the gaming laptop used for this first-of-its-kind inclusion. Its specs are as follows:

  • Tobii Eye Tracking Technology
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8 GB GDDR5
  • Intel Core i7 6820HK @ 2.90 GHz
  • 32 GB Memory
  • 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD
  • 17.3" 4K display
  • Free Tom Clancy: The Division Game in the package
  • 16.85" x 11.57" x 2.30" 8.50 lbs.
  • BD Burner

With the inclusion of the EyeX, MSI is saying this is much more than a gimmick, with the user being able to switch targets, or pick up objects in game, or even pause it simply by looking away.

Outside of its gaming integration, MSI and Tobii state the technology will allow for enhanced streams through supported platforms like XSplit Gamecaste, with viewers being able to see the streamer's perspective, under any lighting condition (with the help of the dual lens near-IR illuminators). Windows Hello is also supported through the EyeX.

However, the list of actual games which leverage the technology is a very short one indeed.Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Rogue, ArmA III, Elite Dangerous, and the yet to be released The Division are among the big titles that offer support. GTA V can also work, with a little bit of modding of course.

On a personal note, I’ve been privileged to see the lengths Tobii have gone to enhance the functionality of computers for severely disabled people. I’ve used Tobii technology in the past, and while this was only on a Windows 7 desktop, it worked well, moving the cursor and allowing me to double click with a blink! If this proves to be successful, imagine the opportunities disabled gamers may get, to move onto games like Assassin’s Creed or The Division.

If you’re interested at all, NewEgg offers a Full HD version (not 4K) for £2,599 (£1,802 or €2,322).

Source and image: MSI via Techradar

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