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Tobii Eye Tracker 4C launched for PC with five key advancements

by Mark Tyson on 21 October 2016, 11:41

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Tobii has launched its second generation gaming eye tracking hardware for PC. The Tobii Eye Tracker 4C adds head-tracking to its abilities yet only needs a single USB2 connection. This new product will directly replace the Tobii EyeX gaming peripheral and can be utilised in over 40 games titles at the time of writing.

According to Tobii, its eye tracking products complement rather than replace traditional PC gaming peripherals but provide gamers with a significantly richer, more immersive experience. The eye tracking helps mimic actions that occur in real life so works naturally with your gaming instincts. The new generation Tobii Eye Tracker 4C delivers more than the EyeX peripheral in five key areas, as follows:

  • Adding head tracking functionality, making it the only gaming device to provide simultaneous head and eye tracking capabilities, providing a superior experience in simulator titles like Elite: Dangerous. (Currently in Beta)
  • Adding Tobii EyeChip, the world's first eye tracking ASIC, to reduce CPU load and power consumption from the host computer.
  • Decreasing the size and visibility of the illuminators.
  • Moving to an integrated USB2 cord (USB 2.0 BC 1.2) to increase the amount of compatible host devices.
  • Further advancing its industry-leading eye tracking quality with additional performance enhancements.

The above improvements were made based upon user feedback. Remember that as well as its gaming functionality Tobii eye tracker peripherals can be used for Windows Hello facial recognition.

As mentioned in the intro, there are currently around 40 games titles that support eye tracking enhancements. This games roster includes AAA titles like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and the soon to be released Watch Dogs 2. New titles are added monthly with Tobii expecting there to be about 100 eye tracking friendly games available by the end of next year.

The new Tobii Eye Tracker 4C is available and exclusive from Scan Computers.



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simultaneous head and eye tracking capabilities, providing a superior experience in simulator titles like Elite: Dangerous. (Currently in Beta)
Do they mean Elite is in Beta, or the tracking is?
Tobii have been pushing the eye tracking products heavily for months now but the reviews from real users has been mixed. Eye tracking alone is a great assistive technology but I don't think it's a good fit for gaming. I guess that's why they have added (beta) head tracking. Will be interesting what Hexus make of it.
The new head tracking feature sounds like the kind of free head tracking you can get with a webcam and free software like freetracknoir. Standalone head tracking solutions like EDTracker (Pro or DIT version) or LED/Webcam tracking like TrackIR are in my opinion far better solutions.
Ttaskmaster
simultaneous head and eye tracking capabilities, providing a superior experience in simulator titles like Elite: Dangerous. (Currently in Beta)
Do they mean Elite is in Beta, or the tracking is?
Head Tracking is in Beta, there is apparently a full patch for it on Nov 25th, which will take it out of Beta.
For me the Head Tracking will be more beneficial and I hope it is as good or better than the current offerings (Trackir etc)
The Scan pages links to the Tobii 4c “Review” on Hexus. Will there be a proper review now that the unit is available?
freshcheddar
Head Tracking is in Beta, there is apparently a full patch for it on Nov 25th, which will take it out of Beta.
For me the Head Tracking will be more beneficial and I hope it is as good or better than the current offerings (Trackir etc)

Hi, What do you see as the downsides of the TrackIR tracking ?