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Garmin's Instinct Esports Edition smartwatch lets you livestream your biometric data

By Kenneth Ang - on 30 Jan 2021, 6:21pm

Garmin's Instinct Esports Edition smartwatch lets you livestream your biometric data

Image: Garmin

When it comes to competitive esports, there's a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than just parking yourself in front of a video game for hours on end. There are dietary restrictions, exercise routines and even sleep schedules designed for esports athletes. In that sense, you could say it's not that different from conventional sporting disciplines.

But having to manage your lifestyle also means you'll need some way to monitor and track it. Just like how marathon runners and triathletes might want to keep track of their timings, Garmin's new Instinct Esports Edition smartwatch is designed to work in the same way, except it's meant to operate in the context of an esports athlete.

Sure, it definitely seems laughable when you first think about it - after all, unlike running or swimming, your gaming skills aren't something that can really be converted into consistent numbers and trends, so why is there a need to monitor stuff like heart rate and stress levels during gaming sessions? If anything, it should display blood pressure too - I'm pretty sure mine spikes really often when I'm playing a ranked game of LoL. 

Image: Garmin

Anyway, the smartwatch, which sports a rugged red-black exterior is not only equipped with a variety of functions, but it is also purpose-built to military standards (MIL-STD 810), meaning it retains the trademark Garmin durability even when you're using it as a regular smartwatch. With regard to the aforementioned functions, perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is the one that lets you livestream and embed your biometric data in real-time, namely the STR3AMUP! PC streaming tool. On top of real-time monitoring, users can also collate their data and port it onto their computer for storage and analysis when their gaming session has ended. 

Of course, those are just the standout functions. This iteration of the Garmin Instinct also features several quality of life features shared among many smartwatches, such as the ability to synchronise with your mobile device and have your messages and notifications sent directly to your wrist. This removes the need for you to move across the room to pick up your phone - instead, you can just glance over at your watch and carry on gaming immediately afterwards, and you can rest assured it'll still have battery by the end too. After all, assuming it's fully charged, the Instinct sports up to 14 hours of use in smartwatch mode and up to 80 hours in esports mode

Image: Garmin

As for pricing and availability, the Garmin Instinct Esports Edition is now available for purchase at a suggested retail price of S$459 on Lazada, Shopee, KrisShop.com, Garmin Online shop and other authorised retailers. Additionally, if you purchase one and register the warranty before 28 Feb, you could end up as one of five lucky winners to take home gaming gear by AOC, Corsair, Elgato and HyperX worth up to $389!

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