Eye-tracking virtual reality headset Fove 0 specs and pre-order date announced

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Ever wish your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift could stare into your eyes with infrared sensors? Well, Fove has finally unveiled the tech specs and the pre-order date for their upcoming eye-tracking virtual reality headset, so you are in luck.

In order to keep an eye on your eyes, the Fove VR headset uses an infrared tracking system to not only detect your eye movement and adjust your VR experience but also represent your eye movements on your avatar.

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For instance, in multiplayer VR experiences, your character’s eyes will move like your own, making your avatar a little more life-like. Additionally, the eye tracking will reportedly be used for a technique called foveated rendering which could improve your VR headset’s performance.

Foveated rendering will use eye-tracking to determine what you are looking at and reallocate rendering resources accordingly — making the stuff you are looking at look better. According to Road To VR, the Fove eye-tracking will also be used to make UI selections, target enemies, create dynamic depth of field, and trigger context-sensitive events within the VR environment.

As cool as that sounds, the Fove VR headset is not exactly in the same technical class as the current-gen HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. The specs unveiled on Friday show a headset more in line with the development kit pre-release Rift.

The Fove 0 technical specs are as follows:

Display 2560×1440, WQHD OLED
Refresh Rate 70Hz
Field of View Around 90 – 100 degrees
Eye Tracking 120 FPS infrared x2
Head Tracking Rotational, positional
Weight 520g
Audio 3.5mm jack
Connections HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Accessories Positional tracking camera, face cushion

The Fove VR Headset boasts a higher resolution display than the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, but with a much lower refresh rate, it will not perform as smoothly as either one. The Vive and Rift both have 90Hz refresh rates.

It is worth noting, however, that the Fove 0 headset is meant to be on par with the Oculus Rift’s development kit releases — and is considered a starting point for the company to build off of for the future.

The Fove 0 headset will be available for pre-order on November 2.