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Meet the VR Headset That Could Beat Oculus, Vive

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the most advanced virtual reality experiences you can get right now, but one startup is already taking aim at them by adding a new capability: eye tracking.

Fove VR was recently profiled by Business Insider, which details the company's eye tracking tech in its $599 headset, the Fove o. It is scheduled to start shipping units in January.

"I can’t wait to see what interactive narrative designers do with eye-tracking, or how VR worlds will seem more connected and real with characters that intelligently make eye contact and know where you are looking," co-founder Yuka Kojima, formerly of Sony Entertainment, told BI.

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While the device started as a Kickstarter campaign, it's getting ready to ship. It's available for pre-order here, and the website touts its 2560 x 1440 display and compatibility with SteamVR and OSVR titles. Like many other headsets, you need a beefy PC; the minimum specs include an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 GPU and Intel Core i5-4590 processor.

This isn't quite ready for the consumer market, though. While Fove claims it's compatible with a large number of games, the company suggests that this model is specifically designed for creators, researchers and developers.

While it's not the first eye-tracking tech we've ever seen (some gaming notebooks are coming with Tobii eye trackers), it's the first we've seen in a VR headset, and we're curious to see how it works.