TrackIR Vs Tobii Eye TRacker

I’m in the market for going down the head tracking route for FS. It looks great and a kind of half way house to VR immersion but keeping the great visuals I’m used to on the screen. I’ve got a Reverb G2 but just not sold on VR enough yet for various reasons.

My question is as of right now which out of the two head tracking methods available do people recommend? They both seem like they’ve got their pros and cons. The Tobii eye tracker looks potentially better but its more expensive and am I right in thinking isn’t fully functional with the sim yet? So I’d be paying extra for something which is potentially going to become better?

TrackIR is cheaper but you have to wear sensors on your head, which puts me off it a bit.

Any info and recommendations welcome.

Share your observations. Leaning towards the ii but little coments available. Couple of you tube video’s

I got the TrackIR about 4 months ago. Very easy to setup and connect with the Sim. I use it all of the time. The only complaint that I have about it is the sensor clamp that attaches to your headset. The sensors themselves are not in the way but the clamp for the headset is cheap and just doesn’t work most of the time. I just put a small piece of masking tape on it to hold into place. I’ve not used the Tobii. Good luck.

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There is a third option - EDtracker. Easy to build your own if you can solder stuff and VERY cheap to buy compared with TrackIR or Tobii. It also has an estimated 40% lower latency than IR trackers.
It works with the free OpenTrack software and it’s possible to emulate 6 DoF with a bit of clever programming in OpenTrack. You can tweak it so that when you tilt your head down, you can zoom in to see the instruments better; you can move your head sideways and move your view across to the other side of the cockpit.
Follow the tutorial videos on YouTube to learn how to set it up. It’s a little bit fiddly but once you get it set up properly, it works a treat. I cannot fly without it.
**EDIT - Here’s a clip of it in action showing the pseudo-6DoF:

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TrackIR is a mature tech with a well written software behind it. It hasn’t been updated for a while but the simple reason for that is…it doesn’t need to, it just works, very well.

I would recommend the IR beacon type headmount over the reflector type but there are plenty of these available in the wild from various manufacturers. (Including the TrackClip Pro itself which is the official version and the DelanClip which I personally use)

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Been using TrackIR for years with the pro clip. You just attach it to a headset. I use a wireless headset which leaves you with one wire, which is the only drawback. I have it plugged into a USB bar on my desk so it doesn’t pull or get in the way. Wireless would be the best, but honestly once you’re settled and set up you forget about the thing. And if you ask me how it performs, I would literally quit flight simulation without it. Hands down. Here’s a video of how it looks as the user (all of my videos are with TrackIR).


In my situation I found the reflectors work well, and I did not like the wire on the TrackClip Pro. The success of the reflectors my vary due to lighting in the room.

TrackIR with reflectors works great. I just attach the clip to a hat. You have to make sure you don’t have sunlight behind where you sit since sunlight can cause issues.

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Same here…trackir with the hat clip works beautifully. In fact I would not do flightsimming without at all (msfs/dcs).
Have long since taken the approach to use the in cockpit controls as much as humanly possible and that can only be done using trackir,(and possibly VR, which is too cumbersome for me)
I lean in and look at in cockpit screens and manipulate switches and dials in the virtual cockpit.
For me it is more like flying the real plane, but that is just me.


You’ve pretty much understood it already. TrackIR is more mature (for MSFS), Tobii is new, and currently has some limitations (right now only 3 DOF instead of 6 DOF, and lacking in setup/tinkering with sensitivities.

I’ve got the Tobii, and am really very happy with it, not having to have anything strapped to my head is a big plus for me personally. But I’m sure that -right now- the TrackIR will give the better experience.

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have you seen the 9,99$ option of ? (given you own a smartphone) tracks your head movement via the phone camera without you putting anything on your head.
i use it placing my iphone above the screen, works astoundingly good even in a dim lit room


That’s the option I am using all the time: iPhone + SmoothTrack App + OpenTrack Desktop App = Profit.

It works really well as long as the room isn’t too dark. There is some lag due to the WiFi connection of the iPhone but you could attach a cable and use the wired LAN support in SmoothTrack to get rid of that as well. Others than that it’s the best hands-free, err. heads-free solution available. No headset or any marker needed.