Anyone that has searched for a wheel and pedal setup for use with their racing/driving games has undoubtedly stumbled on Playseat. Makers of gaming chairs that look and feel like the real deal, we dropped by the Playseat booth at the E3 show to see what the guys were up to for the coming year.

The company offers products that range in price from $250 to over a grand, as standalone seats to use with your existing wheels, pedals and shifters, or bundled with Logitech hardware. Currently, all of the wheel/pedal setups on sale are for the existing systems, though we're certain that both Xbox One and Playstation 4 will have supporting peripherals when they launch.

We were actually most intrigued by Playseat's entry-level Challenge model (seen above), which looks a bit like a racy camp chair with a wheel strapped to the front. The seat is sturdier than it looks, however, supporting gamers up to 270 pounds, and offering easy ingress/egress with a swing-arm design. Perhaps most appealing though, is the very high will-my-wife-let-me-buy-this factor; at $250 for the seat and with the ability to fold up and stuff into a closet or under a sofa, you (we?) won't need to dedicate space just for a racing chair.

Of course, Playseat is working on new branded models to support both Forza Motorsport 5 and Gran Turismo 6, for the ultimate fanboys. Deep-pocketed gamers might also look at the top-end Grand Prix and F1 seats, which offer a racecar-correct deeply reclined driving position and tremendous stability for about $1,200 and up.

The guys were also pretty proud of the futuristic looking prototype seen here. Not a racing chair, this concept model has built-in Logitech speakers as well as vibration from the back, bottom and sides. More of a general-purpose gaming chair, the model would offer an immersive gaming experience with less of a "video-game-y" design aesthetic. We're excited to see if it gets the go-ahead for production.


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      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not for nothin' but one thing that really bugs me is when Autoblog posts refer to companies or products without linking to them, and instead all the links go to internal tags on Autoblog. It's like linkbait. Is it really that hard just to link to http://www.playseat.com/?
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        this man speaks the truth. its infuriating. (especially considering the autoblog tags suck and are inconsistent.)
      Brad Kempeny Jr
      • 1 Year Ago
      €199.00 for basically a folding chair. That's $312US at the current exchange rate. I like the concept of a good quality folding chair that can be stored easily but at that price? No thanks
      RocketRed
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks cool but it's awful big for something you will need to hide completely if you bring home a date.
      vizcarmb
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least they have something for the budget conscious buyer which basically looks like a folding chair
      Todd Mcdonough
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm. Great that one of the bigger manufacturers is filling this market. Somewhat similar to the one I built. Can be seen here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YM7X2Jbsk-E
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've always wanted one of these, but I think my fiance would hate me if I ever got one.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      The problem is the wheel, pedals, and shifter currently suck. The wheels tend to be no a realistic radius, the pedals hinge down, whereas pedals in real life hinge up. Having a chair to mount these current accessories won't fix those
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        there are some crazy high end options out there, i dont remember off the top of my head because id never spend 4 figures on race sim gear, but there are top hinged CNC machined pedals and even brake pedals with real hydraulics behind them to feel more realistic. IMO the brakes are the biggest problem with sim pedals, not the hinges. it would be great to also have force feedback in the brake pedal so you could feel braking grip levels, lockup, etc.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      If your date or fiance disapproves of something like this, you are with the wrong woman. If you are worried that your date or fiance will disapprove, she is with the wrong man.