Garmin has recently launched the Instinct Esports Edition, a rugged GPS smartwatch with an edge; distinctively designed Esport tracking feature for gaming athletes and enthusiasts. The smartwatch comes equipped with Garmin’s proven health and fitness technologies, and utilises a dedicated esports function to monitor and analyse heart rate and stress during play.
Garmin’s new STR3AMUP! PC streaming tool also provides Instinct users the ability to
live stream biometric data to their audiences for a new streaming experience. Boasting over three days of battery life in esports mode, users can make the most of their playing time while taking their performance to the next level.
“Elite athletes around the world rely on Garmin products to monitor and improve their performance. With the Instinct Esports Edition, esports athletes can tap into that same technology to track and examine how their body responds to intense competition. Players can also use Instinct’s data to make adjustments in their daily lives, whether it be altering sleep patterns or activity levels, which can result in increased cognitive and physical performance during play.”
Scoppen Lin – Director, Garmin Asia
Battery & Design
The Instinct Esports Edition is purpose-built to military standards (MIL-STD 810), yet its
exceedingly lightweight design provides a distraction-free gaming experience. It provides up to 80 hours of battery life in esports mode and up to 14 days in smartwatch mode for less charging time and more time gaming.
The Instinct’s bold black and red colours, high-contrast display and rugged design bring to life a non-traditional smartwatch. When paired with a compatible smartphone, Instinct also provides smart notifications such as email, texts, and alerts to a user’s wrist so they can stay connected both during and outside of gameplay.
Dedicated profiles for Esports activity
Prior to a match, users are welcome to select the esports activity on Instinct. Once activated, Garmin’s proven wrist-based heart rate technology 1 analyzes and displays a user’s heart rate and stress level in addition to the time of day and a game timer. Similar to other athletic competitions, actively monitoring stress and heart rate in real-time can provide the opportunity to manage physical and mental resources for more effective and focused competition. Once a gaming session has ended, users can sync their activity to the free Garmin Connect app to view, store and analyze their data to see how their body would react in different gaming situations.
Body Metrics Tracking
Designed with an emphasis on elite-tier competition, the Instinct Esports Edition provides a
variety of valuable body metric analytics features 1 , so users can analyze and fine-tune how their body reacts to competitive play 2 . These include:
• Wrist-Based Heart Rate – Get heart rate data along with alerts if a user’s heart rate stays
too high or too low while at rest, and gauge how hard their heart is working during specific
• Advanced Sleep Monitoring – Users get a full picture of how they are sleeping with a
breakdown of light, deep and REM sleep stages. This allow users to interpret and make lifestyle modifications for more focused play.
• Stress Tracking – Using Garmin’s heart rate variability, the Instinct Esports Edition can
calculate an individual’s stress level score, giving them the opportunity to optimize stress
management to conserve mental and physical resources.
• Body Battery Energy Monitor – Uses heart rate, stress and sleep data to determine how
much energy a user has – letting them know when to play and when to rest.
• 30+ sports apps and robust activity tracking – Users can train with preloaded activity
profiles outside the gaming world. For athletes who want to monitor performance even further, an optional Heart Rate Monitor chest strap is available for purchase separately.