Don't roll your eyes at the Surface Pro X's new Eye Contact feature

Surface Pro X kickstand
Surface Pro X kickstand (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is rolling out its Eye Contact feature to the Surface Pro X.
  • The feature makes it appear as if you're looking straight at your camera, even if you're looking at your screen.
  • The feature has been in testing for close to a month and is now generally available.

Microsoft is rolling out its Eye Contact feature to the Surface Pro X. The feature uses artificial intelligence to make it appear as if you're looking straight at your camera, even when you're looking at your screen. The feature has been in testing for close to a month and is now generally available as part of the Surface Pro X's August 14 firmware update (opens in new tab). To get the update, your Surface Pro X needs to be running the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903, or greater.

"Powered by Artificial Intelligence and the onboard Neural Network accelerator, Eye Contact helps to adjust your gaze on video calls and recordings, so you appear to be looking directly in the camera.," Microsoft said in a blog post when the feature started rolling out.

The feature does not appear to be limited to any specific app, instead working through your front camera wherever you use it. Microsoft pointed out during its testing that the feature does not work while the Surface Pro X is in portrait orientation.

The Eye Contact feature utilizes the Microsoft SQ1 processor that's inside the Surface Pro X, so it might not ship to other PCs any time soon or at all. The Surface Pro X is one of the best Windows laptops that we've reviewed recently, and its latest feature helps you connect to people a bit easier, whether you're at home or on the go.

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9 Comments
  • Is still just an Arm. Will never be a proper PC
  • I don't share your opinion. I use my SPX as my daily driver and I'm a 20 year IT professional.
  • ARM doesn't mean it's a phone. There is another PC company transitioning their laptops to an ARM architecture.
  • Does not work in landscape? What? The pc is usually in landscape
  • Yeah, That's a typo.
  • I got tired of waiting and forced it through via update assistant, but did they finally release the block on 2004? If it was a driver problem then I'd think it would be fixed with the firmware update.
  • The block on 2004 has now been lifted, as least some sites are reporting that. It was lifted on my Laptop 3 15 too.
  • It'll be fascinating to see how it manages eye movement. Does it adjust eye position in all planes?
  • This was beta'd in a recent Windows Insider build and removed. I expect it might have been too variable given the myriad of PC configurations. With this they know what they are working with.