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By Roliga

We have a few people here who are interested in getting into full-body-tracking, so here’s some information on that. Let me know if I missed something important or have something to add.

There’s currently 3 options available for full-body tracking: Light-house based, IMU based, and camera based.

Light-house based tracking is the same tech used for tracking headsets like the Valve Index and Vive headsets. It uses base stations mounted on your walls in combination with tracking pucks you put on your body to track your movement.

It’s the most accurate type of tracking, but also the most expensive. For a full setup you’ll need:

That’s a total of €740 for the absolute minimal setup. Now you might be able to get some gear second hand to shave some of that off, and if you already have a Valve Index or Vive headset you already have the base stations, but it still adds up. As for the hardware that’s available for this, everything has a couple of different versions:

Vive 1.0 tracking pucks

Note that all tracker variants are essentially the same in terms of tracking quality. Image Image Image Vive 1.0 base stations

If you have a Quest or some other non-lighthouse based headset, the choise is a bit harder. Base stations are expensive, and you need to run a calibration software before each play session to line up playspaces, and tracking may drift slightly over long sessions. IMU Based Tracking is a more recent tech that has some pros and cons. It’s a lot cheaper than lighthouse based tracking, and it doesn’t require your trackers to be visible to any base stations (in fact, there are no base stations).

The downside is that it drifts over time so needs recalibration during gameplay, and the tracking is less accurate than lighthouse based tracking. Tracking may have a bit of latency, and may feel “floaty” or “springy”.

SlimeVR

Both those options are only up for pre-order currently, and it’s worth to keep in mind that they aren’t very battle-tested since not a lot of people have their hands on them.

Camera Based Tracking is the cheapest out of the bunch, and you get what you pay for. It’s really jank, depends a lot on your room lighting and colors etc.

It’s by far the worst tracking quality, and mosly only works while you’re standing up, and requires quite a bit of software tweaking to work right.

However all you need for this is though is a Kinect, ideally the newer “V2” version, and an adapter to connect it to your computer. While you can buy these new, they can be gotten for really cheap second-hand, and seeing as this is the extreme budget option, cheap secon-hand is your best bet.