Steelseries might be a familiar name for you if you’re a PC gamer, they’re the gaming peripheral company that has been providing PC gamers with the latest and greatest keyboards, mice, controllers, and now a brand new type of technology that tracks your eyes during gaming sessions.
Steelseries’ Sentry aims to enhance the streaming and gaming experience of PC gaming for games like Dota 2 and Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm. This sensor and included software will track how often you’re looking at each particular area on the screen specifically places like the minimap, spells and abilities, items, shop, game time, and hero portraits. Following each game you can view the eye tracking software by company Tobii that tracks how often you were looking at each specified area including time since you looked at the last mini map, the match summary, and even the average time spent looking at each region.
This peripheral and software are tools that any gamer can use to study the gameplay and give you feedback that will make you a better gamer. The infared scanner will scan your eyes 50 times per second to set benchmarks which can be compared against friends, other players, and professionals. This is also helpful for the live streamers out there where your viewers will be able to see exactly where you were looking and gives them insight to how you view the game.
While only Dota 2 and Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm are officially supported right now, more games will be supported in the future via software updates but any streamer can take advantage of the eye tracking for their viewers. As long as you can put the game in a full screen windowed mode, streamers can show their viewers what they’re looking as soon as the Sentry is released.
There is no official release date for the Steelseries Sentry but it said to be available for $199 sometime after CES (January 6-9), but expect more news about it soon!
You can read more about the Steelseries Sentry at the official Steelseries site here.