Choosing a Gaming Chair
A gaming chair is a special seat designed to keep you comfortable while playing video games. There are different types of chairs, and the right one depends on your gaming setup. You don't have to be a hardcore gamer to appreciate an ergonomic seat dedicated to playing your favorite PC and console video games. Like other essential gaming peripherals, this seat can help improve your performance and reduce fatigue during extended gaming sessions.
Types of Gaming Chairs
The four major styles of gaming chairs are rockers, pedestals, racing chairs, and PC gaming chairs.
A rocker gaming chair is an L-shaped, foam-padded seat that sits directly on the floor. It has no legs or wheels, and usually features a built-in sound system and input/output ports. There are some wireless options in this category. These wirelessly connect to one another, and are ideal for gaming parties with your friends.
The pedestal gaming seat also lacks legs and wheels, but has a pedestal that allows you to sit higher off the ground. The swivel version shares most of the features of gaming rockers.
Racing chairs are often flashy and colorful, to match the excitement of your game. Imagine sitting in a red and black gaming chair with a bucket seat, complete with a steering wheel, shifter, and pedals built into an attached section while taking corners and speeding through your game. Get one if your favorite games include racing titles and flight simulators.
The PC gaming chair is optimal for anyone who uses a gaming keyboard. The typical gaming office seat has a number of ergonomic features, excellent lumbar support, and the ability to recline 180 degrees. Unlike rockers and pedestals, you can enhance racing and PC gaming seats with a wide selection of gaming chair accessories, such as floor mats, locking wheels, and monitor stands.
Gaming Chairs for Xbox and PlayStation Consoles
Most gaming chairs will work with PC gaming as well as console gaming. However, some video game chairs are only compatible with certain gaming consoles or computers. Checking for compatibility is especially important with rocker and pedestal models with plug-in ports. For example, if you're looking for a seat with speakers, you should determine that the model you want has the right input ports for audio output from your gaming PC or console. Consider options with built-in rechargeable batteries or power outlets, if you use powered accessories such as game capture devices and VR headsets.
Gaming Chair Features
If you opt for a PC chair, choose one that's the right height for your computer table, to help reduce the risk of wrist injuries when using gaming mice for extended periods. For a solidly built unit, look for one with a cushioned seat and backrest wrapped around a metal frame. Upholstery cover options include leather, vinyl, and mesh. Avoid spillage by choosing a video game chair with a cup holder. Other convenient extras to look for include adjustable armrests, a retractable footrest, and storage space for video game discs and cartridges.
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