The Fove 0, an eye-tracking VR headset that first got its start by raising money via Kickstarter in 2015, is now officially available for pre-order to the general public. Interested buyers can purchase the headset for $549 from now until November 9, and after that the price goes up to $599.
Since it raised $480,000 on Kickstarter, Fove has received $11 million in venture capital funding from a number of investors. Kickstarter backers will be the first to get the Fove 0 headset, which the company claims will begin shipping in late 2016. Everyone else who pre-orders the headset are supposed to receive them starting in January 2017.
While the Fove 0 comes with an external sensor for positional tracking similar to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, it also can track the direction of a user’s eyes via an 120fps infrared system. The company claims it will be accurate to less than one degree of movement. It also has a 2560 x 1440 OLED display with a 70Hz refresh rate, and a field of view of between 90 and 100 degrees. The headset has to be connected to a PC that has Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit installed. The minimal hardware requirements for the PC are an Intel Core i5-4590 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a GPU with either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 chip or an AMD R9 290 processor.
The company claims that the Fove 0 headset can be used by over 250 SteamVR-supported games, although it’s not clear how many of them will use its eye-tracking technology. There is also a game that was made specifically for the Fove 0, the on-rails first-person shooter Project Falcon, which was developed by Rewind. The game is supposed to allow users to move and lock onto enemies using just their eyes.
There’s already a lot of competition in the PC VR space, and it will be interesting to see if the eye-tracking features of the Fove 0 will allow it to stand out from the crowd. Will you be pre-ordering the headset?