Interesting times in FS19.

To be honest I have never really enjoyed playing fs19.

It has never lived up to being a successor to fs17. The initial release was a shambles and it never really recovered. Seasons rallied things a bit and some relatively new mods such as Autodrive and Guidance Steering (GPS) have been notable but other than that everything else has been pretty uninspiring, I would say Alien Jim’s contributions to maps are a notable exception to this

I have drifted away from the game over the last few months but two recent maps are drawing me back,

In terms of traditional maps, 6 Ashes looks interesting. Based on Google maps, the layout and topology promise to provide a challenging experience.

6 ashes map

6 Ashes map

Reviewed by Farmer Cop here. It would be worth checking out his Autodrive tutorials when you are there.

Production maps are also coming to the fore, most recently the PV County 16x map from Dajnet,  support site pvmods.com.

Reviewed by Nick the Hick here

I see me spending more time on FS19.

Hopefully, the successor to FS19 will be more positive than the stumble that was FS19.

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Tobii Eye Tracker 5

The latest version of eye-tracking from Tobii has improved the head tracking performance greatly.  I am writing this from the perspective of a simulator player where head tracking is, for me,  more valuable than eye-tracking.

Before going any further it is worth mentioning that setup and calibration of the system are completely automatic and is a quick process.

Tobbi eytracker in use

Tobii Eyetracker

Tobii Eye Tracker 4 provided excellent eye-tracking, however, is simulations like Euro Truck Simulator 2 or American Truck Simulator eye tracking is problematic as you are constantly scanning, speedometer, road, signs, sat-nav etc.  The result is an almost continually moving display that is more distracting than useful.

Tuning the settings could produce a workable solution, but meant disabling and limiting a lot of the potential of the product, and the head tracking was not as responsive as you might want

EyeTracker

Eye Tracker

Eye Tracker 5 has greatly improved head tracking and is fast and responsive.  Within the hour I was completely comfortable with using the system almost forgetting it was there.

Setup was further enhanced as SCS have now built-in Tobii support in ETS2 and ATS.

On the downside, this is an expensive piece of kit, but what it brings to the gaming experience cannot be overestimated.

Images in this post courtesy of tobii.

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