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TrackIR 5 Product Review for PC Flight Simulations

Updated on April 5, 2015
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Michael has been an avid gamer and part time writer in more decades than he cares to remember.

Do you Love Flight Simulators?

Hell,if you have read any of my other articles here on Hubpages you know I sure do. I got my 32 inch monitor, top of the line PC, great selection of HOTAS Joysticks and all of the latest ndgreatest Flight and Combat Flight Simulators.

It's a hobby I am extremely passionate about, but there was always one major bug bear for me, one annoyance so great that it put me off playing some of the more complicated sims available like DCS A-10c. The problem was looking around the cockpit and getting zoomed in close enough to look at the displays and screens I needed to access in order to fly the plane and access the correct systems.

Sure, I got by, using the coolie hat on the top of the stick, but that was always at the expense of another system that could be mapped to it, and the scroll rate sucked to be frank.

So, what was the solution?

TrackIR 5

TrackIR 5 ?

That's right! What a catchy title it has to boot...But what is it? Ok, strap in because this is not going to be easy to explain, in fact the video below will do a much better job that a wall of text but nonetheless I must try.

TrackIR 5 is a sensor that sits on top of your PC screen and checks you position relative to it in real time. You wear a small positioning device on a hat or your gaming headphones and the sensor picks up your heads position and any movements that you make. These movements are then fed into the game or Flight Simulator you are playing, allowing you to effectively get "into" the cockpit and change your viewpoint without using the joystick.

Confused? Check out the vid below!

TrackIR 5 Explained

Wow, That's Amazing!

Yup,and for the price its not too expensive. It is however a quality bit of kit, easy to install, easy to set up and most of the sims I have tried with it needed no setup at all after simply telling it to use TrackIR for the views.

The key thing is total customization using TrackIR's own software., so you can set up a really small head movement to represent a larger "virtual head" movement in game. It's that simple and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Also, remember that TrackIR is not just for flight simulators, but racing games, truck simulators, and Arma II is awesome with it. It is not niche, it's essential.

Just to be clear on one further point. I bought TrackIR5 with my own cash, I endorse it because it's a kick ass product that deserves success and not because of any backhanders! All of my reviews are on items or software that I own and have purchased, and I have no relationships with any third party other than Hubpages who host my articles, Google, Amazon and Ebay for the adverts shown here.

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Remember, if you need a sweet Flight simulator joystick, or HOTAS to fly with, check out my review!!

If civilian flight is you thing, check out The noobs guide to FSX or Microsoft Flight Review!!

Fancy a trip down memory lane? Why not have a look at some of the best Retro Flight Simulators from the 80's and 90's in this great roundup!!

For something rooted firmly in realism, I have also written an article on the Supermarine Spitfire.


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