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F22Simpilot

Anyone use a Tobii eyetracker?

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I see that it supports FSX, but it says FSX Steam and I use the boxed version. I asked on their Discord channel and they said it may only work with the Steam version as it may have support for the Tobii. I never got a definitive answer. Anyone use a Tobii with FSX boxed before? https://tobiigaming.com/

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Haven't tried it but I did some research into the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C (the newest version) recently as it works in a number of games I have. I found that there appear to be number of drawbacks when compared to something like TrackIR or OpenTrack. Unless I've missed something significant, the biggest drawback for me was that it only works like a mouse - that is, you get two degrees of freedom: pitch and yaw (up and down the screen or left and right) and there's no roll tracking. Also, unlike TrackIR and Opentrack, there don't seem to be any translations - you can't move your head forward or back to zoom in or out and there doesn't seem to be left/right or up/down tracking where your head and eyes don't turn but the view point moves. For example, in FSX with OpenTrack I can stretch my head up to look over the nose of the aircraft.

The other thing that put me off buying it was the price. Not that It's too expensive compared to something like TrackIR, just that you seem to get a lot less flight sim functionality for the price. What's more, if you're handy with a soldering iron you can get all of this functionality for about £10 (UK) if you already have a suitable webcam. Alternatively, you can buy a ready-to-go setup from Track Hat (https://www.trackhat.org/) or Delan Engineering (http://www.delanengineering.com/) for less than half of the cost of the Tobii product (or TrackIR, come to that).

Take a look at this site for a review: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3146226/peripherals/tobii-eye-tracker-4c-hands-on-mousing-with-your-eyes-has-surprising-potential-for-gaming.html

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I have a TrackIR, and I just didn't care for it. I was hoping a Tobbi wold be a step up. I asked this same question at another flight sim forum and someone said they did use it and was not the best. So I guess I'll continue to use the hat switch on my yoke instead. Thanks for your input.

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