Using the New “Tracking Function”


An interesting addition to the game that came with Retribution is the new Tracking Function which centers the camera on the object you have selected. And if that object is moving, it will follow it.

At first I really enjoyed turning the tracking on while flying and fighting, but after a few hours it started to irritate me, I found my self fighting it to look at what I wanted and turned it off. While I loved some aspects of it, others were really irritating.

When scanning, it's helpful to automatically center on the object you're using your dscan on so you can do a 15 or even 5 degree scan on it. In a fleet fight it can be helpful to click a pilot in the overview and instantly see where he is. In these cases I liked the tracking, but the rest of the time it was taking control out of my hands.

My solution was to use the hot key and train my self to start "toggling" it on and off quickly. When I'm scanning and want to scan a nearby gate I hit "c" to turn on tracking, then wait a second for it to center, then hit "c" again to turn it off. Same thing in fleets or where ever else I quickly want to line up or see an object.

Has anyone else found any cool uses for this feature?


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This article has 4 comments

  1. fatman_ 12/15/2012, 6:01 pm:

    They actually released a check box in the d-scan window which does this automatically for you. Makes 5 degrees scanning very easy. It says “tracking” under “use active overview settings”.

  2. cautron 12/15/2012, 8:22 pm:

    I did not know it was there and had accidentally hit the hot key, and while i thought it was kinda nice clicking something in space or in my overview and the camera centering on it, i found it very frustrating. Took a while to figure out how to shut it off. But now that i have read this im thinking maybe you have already helped me figure out how to have the best of both worlds.

  3. Chris 12/16/2012, 1:22 am:

    keep the Blog going love reaqding and watching

  4. Nyck 12/17/2012, 11:40 am:

    After playing with it a bit, I really can’t stand it. It doesn’t always center you, therefore making it so that 5 degree scans still have to be centered manually. I found that having it turned on actually slowed me down as I searched for targets. It’s an interesting feature, but one that I’ll be ignoring from now on.

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