CES 2016 | MSI shows off the GT72S with Tobii eye-tracking technology

MSI shows off the GT72S with Tobii eye-tracking technology
MSI shows off the GT72S with Tobii eye-tracking technology
Upcoming games will support the use of tracking for intuitive controls and commands.

If all goes according to plan, then the upcoming MSI GT72S Tobii Edition should be the first gaming notebook with built-in eye-tracking technology. The tracking is done through three infrared cameras between the hinges and below the display that can operate even when under poorly lit conditions. Players are then able to use their eyes for game commands and Windows navigation. Assassin's Creed Rogue, for example, will support the feature by integrating it with the in-game crosshairs. A similar technology is available for desktops via the SteelSeries Sentry for 250 Euros.

Other than the Tobii eye tracker, the chassis itself is the same GT72S we know and love. Users can expect Core ix Skylake processor options, DDR4 RAM, and M.2 SSD drives. The model can be equipped with up to the GeForce GTX 980 GPU instead of the weaker GTX 980M.

MSI is expected to ship the GT72S Tobii later this month in North America with Tom Clancy's The Division bundled in. Prices will start at around $2500 USD due to the new technology. Based on our short time with the demo, we're a bit concerned that the tracking may just be a novelty feature in the short-term. The technology will likely remain a niche feature until there is exponential growth in software and developer support.


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Andreas Müller/ Allen Ngo, 2016-01-11 (Update: 2016-01-11)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.