Microsoft Releases “Eyes First” Games

Posted on June 18, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Windows 10 with 9 Comments

Microsoft today released four games to the Microsoft Store that rely on the eye-tracking technology built into Windows 10. They are Tile Slide, Match Two, Double Up, and Maze.

“These games can be used with or without Windows 10 Eye Control, a key accessibility feature for people with speech and mobility disabilities,” Microsoft’s Athima Chansanchai explains. “The ‘Eyes First’ games are reinventions of popular games and a fun way to get familiar with eye control and learn the skills to apply to other eye gaze-enabled assistive technologies.”

As the Microsoft Accessibility Blog explains, Windows 10 Eye Control addresses the limitations that people with speech and mobility disabilities can face when trying to communicate. Each of the Eyes First games provides a fun way to get familiar with Eye Control and learn the skills needed to use other eye gaze-enabled assistive technologies. The games are also mouse and touchscreen friendly for those without speech or mobility disabilities.

You can learn more about Eyes First on the Microsoft website.

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9 responses to “Microsoft Releases “Eyes First” Games”

  1. Thom77

    Between online censorship, tech corporations becoming the equivalent of countries, the new religion of virtue signalling, blue checkmarks making your opinion safe to read, and creepy crap like this put into a "game" to desensitize you to it's creepy nature ... the future isn't looking bright.

  2. MikeGalos

    Bravo. Just like Solitaire taught people to use a mouse this will teach the new UI techniques not just for those needing alternative inputs but for a more intuitive future UX.

    • skane2600

      In reply to MikeGalos:

      Well, perhaps true for some of the people who actually liked playing Solitaire. Then again I learned how to use a mouse on my Alto.

      As is the case with the accessibility mouse support for iPad Pro, I wouldn't read too much into this as a future general purpose capability.

  3. yaddamaster

    I didn't realize my surface pro 4 didn't have an eye tracker. Oh well. Uninstalling already.

  4. jules_wombat

    Excuse my naivity. But how do I 'Click' with Eye Tracking ?

    Ideally I would also like ot 'Right Click' for Cut and Paste operations. Are thsoe gestures available ?

  5. dontbe evil

    but but UWP and the Store are dead