10 Best Console Gaming Chairs
When arcade-style video games made their appearance on home computers in the late 1970s and early 1980s, no one could have every imagined that the trend would become so pervasive that a specialized chair would be designed to enhance the gaming experience. As video games transitioned away from the home computer to the video console, the space in front of the family television became a chaotic area of human bodies, wires, joysticks and keyboards. Games became more realistic but the user was still perched on the edge of the couch or sitting cross-legged on the floor. Created, at first, in the image of a race car seat, the gaming chair gave those who craved the excitement of being behind the wheel the ultimate experience as games became more and more action oriented.
Now with large screen viewing and integrated sound and bluetooth capabilities, the console gaming chair has become something more than just a place to spend hours while plugged into an Xbox or PlayStation console. It has become an often stylish well made chair that doubles as a recliner or favorite chair. Not to be confused with PC Gaming Chairs, console gaming chairs have some specific features that make them well suited for spending hours focused on the video screen. True console gaming chairs come in two styles, rocker and pedestal. They can be hard to move but are better suited to enhancing the gaming experience than their PC chair cousins.
Here are a few of the best options found on the market today. While most are true console gaming chairs, a few PC gaming chairs have been added just to show the difference in design and features.
1. Paladone Playstation Inflatable Chair- Gaming Chair
This may not be the most technically advanced choice on this list but there is something about the nostalgia for this vintage design. Looking very similar to the first console gaming chairs, this inflatable version is the perfect choice to store in the car for those times when a WiFi hotspot puts your favorite game within easy reach. Use with a tablet game console or stand alone video game. The low end price makes this a good choice for a beginner or for a user who isn’t quite into all the bells and whistles of other products. It is also a great choice for the small home that might not want a standard model as part of its daily decor. The chair is officially licensed and similar in style to the iconic Playstation controller complete with colorful button symbols. When inflated the chair stands approximately 43 inches, 25 inches wide and 34 inches deep.
2. Playseat Challenge NASCAR Edition
This well designed version of a gaming chair is primarily intended for racing simulations. Its lightweight metal frame folds up to store away but it can be adjusted to optimize any driver’s physical features. Created to simulate the driver seat of a NASCAR vehicle, this set is compatible with any 3rd party steering wheel and pedal combinations. While it might be considered a bit pricey, the chair has the stability and quality feel that allows for a realistic immersion in the game experience. The wheel support plate easily tilts up and back and does not need to be removed for storage. An awesome way to experience the thrill of NASCAR without taking up space for a larger and more complicated setup. At only 27 pounds even the young female driver can set this up and store it away in a matter of minutes.
3. Ace Bayou V Rocker 5130301 SE Video Gaming Chair, Wireless, Black with Grey
This basis gaming model offers many of the same features of more expensive products but in a simpler package. Available in basic black with grey accents, the ergonomic design supports back and legs while in a rocker position. The two front-facing speakers are located near the headrest and the subwoofer is tucked away to vibrate with the beat. Headphone jack and volume controls are on the side and easy to reach. The unit connects wirelessly to most major gaming systems such as Xbox, Playstation, MP3 and Home Theater sets. Fully assembled and foldable for storage, it measures approximately 25.2 x 18.4 x 16.4 inches and weighs 29 pounds. This product is a good choice for the beginning gamer or young one who just wants to enjoy the video experience.
4. Ficmax High-Back Racing Style Gaming/Office Chair
Technically considered a PC gaming chair, this multi-functional option has to be appreciated for its practical design. The USB powered chair is adjustable in nearly every direction. Lay the back down in a horizontal position and extend the retractable footrest to take a short nap or adjust it anywhere between flat and upright for the perfect position for gaming. Rated for up to 300 lb. capacity, the large seat width and metal frame will support the largest fantasy football fan. The seat height is adjustable and it both swivels and rocks in every direction. Head and lumbar support and the massage feature offer the best option for comfortable work or play. The chair weighs 59 pounds and is approximately 16.5 x 22.5 x 53 inches (LxWxH) but its heavy duty casters make it more moveable than other pedestal style console chairs. Assembly is required but the manufacturer offers great customer support and warranty.
5. Ace Bayou X Rocker 5127401 Pedestal Video Gaming Chair, Wireless
One step up from tractional rocker gaming chairs, this black vinyl and silver accented model has wireless connectivity and 2 built-in speakers. When not enjoying the action of a favorite video game, listen to music or tune into a movie. The subwoofer is placed as back support for vibrating sensations with every beat. The circular metal base give this rocker the power to swivel and rock at the same time. Flip up the arm rests while in use or move them back to the side when the chair is folded and put away. The modern style can fit into a number of different decors and this could become a favorite chair even when all is quiet. The chair measures approximately 22.6 x 30.7 x 37.6 inches and weighs about 44 pounds. A more reasonable priced option than some, this chair offers compatibility with all major gaming systems in an attractive and serviceable product.
6. X Rocker 51396 Pro Series Pedestal 2.1 Video Gaming Chair, Wireless
This fully equipped gaming chair not only provides an excellent gaming experience but also connects to other gaming chairs for amazing group play. The padded headrest and the two built-in speakers offer surround sound play. The heavy padded vinyl body is complemented by the gunstock armrests and pedestal base. Chair swivels and rocks in multiple directions. Side controls offer separate volume and base control as well as headphone jack and input and output hookups. Includes a integrated wireless receiver and compatible with RCA output devices. Compatible with all major gaming systems with wireless connectivity, the company does offer an AC adapter for continued play without power drain. AC adapter sold separately.
7. X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 4.1 Audio Gaming Chair, Wireless
Not a fan of the leather or vinyl look, this rocker style chair with fabric upholstery is just the thing. With large comfortable seating and four built-in speakers, it offers a maximum capacity of 275 pounds for the adult sized gamer. This chair is not just for gaming but for getting cozy with a book or listening to music. It offers the manufacturer’s innovative AFM technology and adds vibration that works in sync to the music. The built-in radio wireless receiver and transmitter work from any source with RCA outputs. The optional cables are included in the package. Best of all this product has excellent compatibility options using PSP Vita, PS2, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, IPOD, IPAD, IPhone, MP3 Players, TV, CD, DVD, BluRay and most other gaming devices.
8. Ace Bayou X-Rocker Vibe Video Game Chair with 2.1 Audio Chair Bluetooth and Arms - Black / Red
Get down to business with this bluetooth enabled gaming chair by X-Rocker. The 50 pound chair is 33.5 x 24.4 x 32.1 inches (LxWxH). The integrated 2.1 speaker system has separate volume and bass controls, and its red and black polyurethane upholstery looks sharp in any gaming room. Never worry about getting tangled up in wires with the bluetooth connectivity and USB port that is compatible with most game makers such as Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, PSP and more. Flip down the armrests, adjust the headset and get comfortable for hours of play. A polyester backrest keeps the player comfortable and the moderate price makes it a great choice for a gamer on a budget who still wants some nice features.
9. Playseat Evolution, White
This Playseat Evolution racing model may be the ultimate in gaming chairs for the avid race car gamer. Built with superior stability and comfort in mind, the steel frame is powder coated to keep it from rusting in damp quarters. The durable vinyl upholstery is attractive and easy to clean. The wheel stand and pedal rests have more pre-drilled holes to accommodate 3rd party wheel and pedal sets than most other models. Compatible with most major gaming systems, the set is foldable for storage and adjustable for nearly any driver. The set weighs approximately 50 pounds and some assembly may be needed. This patented design offers the most realistic experience for those interested in racing simulation.
10. GT Throne, Immersive Gaming Chair, Vibrating Computer and Console Chair
This PC style gaming chair is one that has many of the same vibration and audio features of more traditional gaming chairs. The proprietary patented Tremor FX technology is compatible with all manner of computer, tablet, gaming system and even phones. The PVC leather seat is heavily padded and adjustable. The high-back seat is comfortable in a reclining position that is similar to racing chairs. The solid frame construction is rated for a maximum capacity of 350 pounds. The GT Throne processor and amplifier and custom connections make the most of the Tremor FX technology for realistic action and experience. Some assembly is required to get the chair in gaming condition but at 65 pounds, it offers durability and functionality to the true gamer.
As with most purchases, a great deal of what makes any of these chairs appealing to the consumer is personal opinion. That is always difficult to factor into a review. However, there are characteristics that tend to come into play for any of these choices. Here are but a few of those factors which can change a great purchase for one into a lousy option for another. As with any purchase, avoiding the impulse buy depends on doing some homework before you purchase.
Not always at the top of the list but certainly something to be considered, these chairs vary greatly in cost. A reasonably priced chair could go for as little as $150 while the high end models can brush the edges of a $500 price tag. With all the gadgets and features these chairs can have, a purchaser might want to set a budget before shopping.
PC vs. Console Style
When gaming chairs started appearing 40 or so years ago, the low to the ground rocker style was often because the TV screen to which the game was connected was also low. Now, wall mount video screens give far greater options than gamers once had and wireless technology has further opened up options for gaming without being tethered to the screen by one or more wires. Rocker and pedestal style chairs are well positioned for gaming because of their integrated speakers and audio capabilities. PC chairs offer the user a more upright position for the gaming experience that is more desirable during racing or flight simulations. Ultimately, however, it is what works best for the user that should factor most into the purchase of any type of gaming chair.
This list has provided a general overview of the best options offered through online retailers. While this list certainly does not speak to every manufacturer, it does represent the many types of chairs and features that are available. Doing some homework can keep a buyer from making a poor choice or spending more money than planned.