Acer’s new gaming monitors introduce eye-tracking technology
Wed 31 Aug 2016
Display maker Acer has unveiled three new gaming monitors all of which contain inbuilt Tobii eye-tracking technology, promising major advancements in reactivity and input.
Swedish eye-tracking firm Tobii has been leading innovation in the area since the early 2000s and is beginning to explore partnerships to integrate its biometric systems into computers, gaming products and even security networks. Now, the company is trying to stamp its authority on the mainstream gaming market with the Acer monitor deal.
Until now, eye-tracking in PCs has been reserved for relatively small, professional markets such as e-sports. Trainers and players have used the technology to monitor and track reactions and timing. With its introduction into the consumer sphere, Acer has suggested that the system could be used as an additional mode of input, particularly in first-person shooter (FPS) video games, where a player’s gaze could make them take cover or take aim.
A few games already offer support for Tobii eye-tracking, including The Division, Master of Orion, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and other games.
The Acer Predator Z271T combines the Tobii technology with a 27-inch curved screen holding a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. The smaller 24.5-inch Predator XB251HQT is flatter with the same resolution, while the XB271HUT model has a 27-inch flat screen offering 2560 x 1440 WQHD.
As well as the eye-tracking technology the trio of screens contains Nvidia’s G-SYNC, which claims to completely get rid of screen tearing while minimising input lag and stutter – provided you have a compatible Nvidia graphics card.
The new Predator range will go on sale in EMEA countries from October through to December this year, starting at €799 (approx. £608) for the Z271T and €899 for the XB271HUT.
Tobii commented that there were no binding volume commitments but order value over the period is estimated to be between SEK 7–15 million (£625,000–£1.3 million).