Battlefield 3 Head Tracking Support sign now

We, the undersigned, call on Digital Illusions CE (DICE) to consider the adoption of head tracking support in Battlefield 3 for aircraft and applicable vehicles, providing at least three degrees of freedom rotation (3DOF) and ideally up to six including translation (6DOF), via a means that is open and inclusive of all users.

Head tracking is a technology feature that is increasingly expected in first person PC air combat and driving games, greatly improving immersion, enjoyability and situational awareness. Other open warfare games with vehicles similar to the Battlefield series, like the ARMA and Operation Flashpoint series, already have support.

Battlefield 2 has recently received support via a camera hack by the name of BF2FreeLook. Camera hacks are not practical when there are frequent executable version changes and strong anti-hack technologies to contend with; integrated support is the only practical solution. Battlefield 3 appears well suited now that the aircraft interiors are more detailed and complete with proper 3D HUDs.

The current dominant commercial game head tracking solution is NaturalPoint's TrackIR but it promotes a closed, exclusive and encrypted interface. It is our opinion that, in the interest of fairness, any special access to view control should be freely accessible to all users and not just owners of NaturalPoint cameras. Special hardware is not compulsory, any webcam with appropriate software can track object or face motions, making the potential userbase much larger than any commercial hardware solution.

Proposed action from most preferable to least:

1. Integrate the FreeTrack open source LGPL 6DOF head tracking interface, used by the two most popular free head tracking software solutions (FreeTrack and FaceTrackNoIR) and currently supported in four commercial game titles, including the ARMA series. It can be implemented and tested without even having a camera by using the demo video in FreeTrack software. Most importantly, TrackIR is not excluded and completely free to access this interface.

2. Provide an interface for supplying view control data.

3. Allow all the view axes to be mappable to controller axes.

We hope that DICE recognizes the growing expectation for head tracking support and puts the interests of its customers first by ensuring any support is accessible to all.

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Latest Signatures

  • 14 January 2016450. Ryan Captoveurm
    I support this petition
  • 10 January 2016449. Hannes W
    i want it now!
  • 09 January 2016448. Pierre Rf
    TrackIR 5 Support for Battlefield 3 PLEASE!!!
  • 04 January 2016447. Fredrik French
    Pretty please with sugar on top?
  • 01 January 2016446. Eric Barton
    TrackIR is a great piece of equipment. Should be supported for any respectable vehicle/flight sim.
  • 01 January 2016445. Mathias Barry
    I support this petition
  • 29 December 2015444. Bragon Flowers
    Want support TrackIR, Joystick. and fix other bugs systemes, later the gameplay.
  • 25 December 2015443. Patrick Hendrix
    This is an easy implementation and adds a high level of immersion. A must for every shooter!
  • 24 December 2015442. Scott L
    TrackIR should be supported in every game! Your falling behind!
  • 21 December 2015441. Hannes W
    i want it now!
  • 20 December 2015440. Patric B
  • 19 December 2015439. Paul M
    Head Tracking make the game so immersive
  • 19 December 2015438. Vivek C
    I enjoyed BF2 and using my head tracking kit, BF3 would not be the same and has influenced me (so far) in not buying BF3
  • 18 December 2015437. John R
    I support this petition
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  • 11 December 2015434. Andy Savage
    Must have!
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 08 November 2015427. Stefan F
    I support this petition
  • 07 November 2015426. Lynden V
    Just unlock the movement controls when mouse-look is enabled! That's literally all we need!
  • 07 November 2015425. Peter M
    I support this petition
  • 05 November 2015424. Direwolf Schultz
    mandatory!! must have!

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