Tobii’s Eye Tracker 4C Is A Gaming Dream Come True
Tobii is now going in a different direction with its Eye Tracker 4C. Like VR headsets, the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C is meant to make your gaming experiences more immersive. The difference, however, comes in what the Eye Tracker does and how much it costs.
The Tobii Eye Tracker 4C is a significant upgrade from its previous model. With five specific features and components aimed at leveraging more than 40 titles currently supporting eye tracking and the total of 100 games expected by the end of the 2017. Gamers can see which games are supported by visiting TobiiGaming.com. And current titles include Tom Clancy’s The Division, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and the upcoming Watch Dogs 2.
Instead of having you put on a headset, the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C is essentially a sensor bar which uses cameras and infrared light sources to track the movement of your eyes. Along with the Eye Tracker 4C, which is replacing Tobii’s Eye X model. The company is also implementing simultaneous head tracking. That makes it the first gaming device on the market to track both head and eye movement at same time.
The result is greater level control in-game. In a first-person shooter, for instance, you’d only need to look at to your opponent to target them. Rather than moving your mouse to rotate the camera and line up your reticle. The Eye Tracker 4C does not replace traditional controls, but as Tobii says, is instead meant to complement them.
Tobii Eye Tracker 4C Features:
The biggest changes in this model are the addition of head-tracking functionality. The inclusion of a dedicated ASIC for reducing sys overhead, less-intrusive illuminators, and a change from USB 3.0 to a more ubiquitous USB 2.0 connection.
The company says that its ASIC is the first of its kind, and that chip works to reduce the CPU overhead and also power consumption from the host machine. The ASIC may also have something to do with the reduction in the bandwidth and power requirements. That enable the device to connect via USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0 for compatibility with more devices.
The Eye Tracker 4C is also compatible with the Windows Hello feature that has been getting attention in the wake of Windows 10 Anniversary Update release. More nebulous claims are made about ‘additional performance enhancements’ with respect to the eye-tracking quality.
Tobii Eye Tracker 4C Price:
The Eye Tracker 4C seems like a good product. For those who really want to add a little more immersion to their games without going whole hog and buying a VR headset. At $150, the price is far more friendly to those who would just like to dip their toe into this type of augmented gaming. If the 4C sounds like something you may want to pick up. It’ll be available for pre-order from Tobii on 25 October, with shipments beginning on November 25.