If you've ever imagined how convenient it could be to have a third hand while PC gaming, MSI is hoping to do something like that with its latest notebook (only without any mutations). Showcased at CES 2016, MSI's GT72S G Tobii gaming laptop includes eye-tracking technology that translates eye movements into commands for compatible apps and games.
Swedesh company Tobii Technology has been developing its eye-tracking technology for years – we first played with a gamer-specific prototype two years ago and the company already sells eye-tracking peripherals for Windows PCs. Those seeking a competitive edge – or at least a more convenient way to eat a sandwich without interrupting fluid gameplay – can now consider a new option, now that MSI has revealed full specs and pricing on its new Tobii-powered gaming laptop.
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At the bottom of the GT72S G Tobii's 17.3-inch 1080p display sits a trio of near-IR illuminators. The eye-tracking technology immerses users with intuitive hands-free navigation and control and is designed to maintain accuracy no matter the room type or lighting conditions. The notebook also has a full-color backlit SteelSeries keyboard for what the company describes as quick response and tactile feedback with no ghosting.
Subtract the eye-tracking tech and you still have an impressive gaming notebook. The MSI GT72S G Tobii comes equipped with a 6th gen, 2.70 GHz Intel Core i7 K processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 900M GPU to maintain smooth video performance and high graphics quality. The notebook also has 32 GB of DDR4 memory, combination 256 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD storage, Blu-Ray disc burner drive, and USB 3.0 with support for dual 4K external monitors.
The laptop also has a pair of 3 W speakers and dedicated subwoofer for added audio punch. However, those with a good set of headphones/speakers will appreciate the ESS Technology SABRE HiFi DAC for hi-res audio playback. Nahimic's 3D sound software processing technology, exclusive to MSI laptops, also offers virtual 7.1 sound for games, movies and music.
Tobii's eye-tracking technology is currently compatible with over two dozen titles, including Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Assassin's Creed Rogue, ArmA III and Elite Dangerous. Each purchase of the GT72S G Tobii ships with Tom Clancy's The Division. In most compatible games, Tobii's tech lets you control or focus the in-game camera without using your hands, giving you one less thing to control with your mouse/keyboard or gamepad.
The MSI GT72S G Tobii gaming notebook is available to order now, with prices starting at US$2,600.
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