Gaming chairs are an absolute necessity for the gamer regardless of what system they use to game on. They hold extremely high importance as they are directly related to the comfort of the gamer which becomes increasingly more relevant the more time a gamer spends in a chair. Being the thing that holds you up and supports your weight while gaming, its paramount to find the right chair for you that fits your body right and possesses the necessary features for your gaming needs. When it comes to gaming chairs, there is no such thing as one size fits all. This page intends to highlight some of the important differences between gaming chairs, as well as help the potential buyer looking for a console gaming style chair narrow down their options and find the right fit!
all gaming chairs can pretty much fall into two categories; Computer gaming and console gaming. As gaming on a console takes place in a completely different area than gaming on a computer, the chairs are designed accordingly, providing each situation with a different set of benefits. There are some basic differences between the two that help identify which is which:
Computer Gaming Chairs:
-Sit higher off the ground.
-Have a star shaped base with castors at each point of the star.
-Potentially has a myriad of adjustments including; height, lumbar, armrest height/angle, tilt lock, and tension adjustments which change the amount of weight required to lean the chair back.
Console Gaming Chairs:
-Base sits on floor level.
-Natural reclined position.
-Generally very cushioned and soft.
-Frequently feature speakers built in to the chair.
-Lack in adjustment and are usually static in seating position.
Now that the difference between to two has been defined, it is important to point out some of the things necessary to look for in a console gaming chair. These are the things that will help you identify what is important to you and what you can live without. Since a gaming chair is something you’re going to be spending a lot of time in and you need something that’s going to provide all of the features YOU need to improve YOUR setup.
Price Point: The price point is a very important factor to take into account. Gaming chairs run from “wow that's really cheap” to “WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD PAY THAT FOR A CHAIR?” and there is a lot to consider in between. It's necessary to identify your price range right from the get go to avoid seeing things that cost well over your budget, as well as to avoid buying a piece of junk just because the price fit.
Materials Used: The type of materials used in the construction of a gaming chair is crucial to the quality of the chair. Is the chair made entirely of plastic? Is the fabric durable? Does the padding give way to hard plastic underneath? These are all important questions to ask yourself when considering what gaming chair to buy.
Type of Chair: The difference between PC gaming Chairs and console gaming chairs has been touched on, but there is in fact some sub categories of console gaming chairs. It important to decide which type fits your needs.
-Rocker style console gaming chairs: These types of chairs are generally designed with a rounded angle where chair back meets the seat and allow the user to “rock” or lean back into a more reclined position without the use of adjustment levers. Rocker style chairs sit on the floor and force the user into a reclined position with feet out in front, as there is no room to tuck legs underneath.
-Pedestal style console gaming chairs: Pedestal style chairs maintain the same form factor as a rocker, but have the single difference of sitting on top of a pedestal. This means the chair is raised slightly off the ground allowing the user to choose between legs outstretched or legs folded underneath.
-Recliner style console gaming chairs: Recliner style gaming chairs are exactly what you think. They are constructed in the same way your dads favorite lazy boy was, however they are often much smaller, less padded, and feature speakers in the head rest. These types of chairs are nice for the benefit of being able to sit in it normally, or kick the foot rest out and recline.
-Racing simulation rigs: Now these types of chairs are not specific to console gaming or PC gaming, but can be interchanged between the two and provide a very unique seating position specifically for racing or driving games. These types of chairs generally consist of a racing style bucket seat mounted on a metal frame that extends out from the chair providing places to mount a steering wheel, pedals, and stick shift. These types of seats will not comfortably serve the dual purposes of regular gaming and race games. Thus this will probably be a product you buy after already owning a more standard style of gaming chair.
Features of the Chair: What features are important and what is not needed? This is a big question when it comes to gaming chairs. Many console gaming chairs come with speakers built in, a headphone jack, or even a microphone jack. Which, if any of these features suits your personal needs? Maybe you already own a wireless headset and don't need any of these. Or maybe you don't own any gaming peripherals and a chair with the full package is what your looking for. When it comes to what features a chair has, it is important to first decide what are your needs, what are your wants, and then you can compare these to your budget.
-Age of technology: Pretty much all rocker and pedestal style chairs come with some sort of electronics in them. It is important to consider the age of these electronics as many of them are out dated and will require you to purchase an audio converter just to make use of the speakers. It is even possible to buy a newer chair where the company had some overstock of old school electronics and just went ahead and slapped them into a new model.
Style and Appearance: If your a serious gamer than the appearance of your gaming equipment is by far and long the least important part of purchasing gaming gear. However when you do have options why not pick the one that speaks to you more. If you have an abundance of options identified for your potential gaming chairs, than there is a few factors that could help you choose. Is it a color you like? Does it match the carpet? Does it match the walls? Does the color scheme fit in the room your putting it? Does it visually fit in with any of your other gaming gear? These are all important questions to ask if your concerned about the appearance of your gaming chair, but again a serious gamer picks their equipment based on functionality and not if it looks cool, that's just a bonus most of the time.
The Xbox one is a popular video game console that was originally launched in November 22, 2013 to 13 different markets all over the world. The main appeal of the console is that it was originally launched with 500 GB of storage for games and it came with a wireless controller. Also, the Xbox one allowed people to play games they originally bought for Xbox 360 as well. 4K video streaming was introduced with the console but the technology’s not quite there yet or far spread.
Gamers know that console gaming and PC gaming is totally different. You game in different locations, you play different kinds of games, and you probably even play with different types of people. So to think that with video gaming chairs it’s a “one size fit all,” is kind of crazy. The chairs we have reviewed so far are great for all around gaming. Here, we want to highlight three that are particularly nice for playing an Xbox One or Xbox 360.
Things to Look For In a Gaming Chair While Playing the Xbox One
A gaming chair is something you’re going to be spending a lot of time in and you need something that’s going to let you be as comfortable as possible.
The pricing point should stand out to you. You don’t want something that’s too expensive but you also don’t want something that’s too cheap or else you’ll be sitting in a very inefficient chair made with cheap material.
The kind of material used in the chair is also kind of a big deal. The inside of the chair should contain soft but resistant foam that won’t cave in after being used. High quality foam can last for months or even years without deteriorating.
Consider the kind of chair you want between a floor level chair and an office level chair. Chairs with wheels and a base are generally made for computer desks while base chairs that sit on the floor are made for consoles and television. The two generally don’t swap well.
What kind of functionality do you want out of a chair and inside the chair? Being an Xbox one console user, you probably want some built in audio or sound capability with the chair. A lot of different chairs today offer this kind of functionality in different forms. Some chairs allow you to plug headphones into them and hook up to the television and some chairs come with subwoofers and speakers built into them.
Style while it’s not overly important is something that should speak to you. You want something that goes with the room, something that matches the flooring and something that matches your personality. With so many different color schemes and styles out there, you can pick a customized chair to your liking.
Best Gaming Chairs Compatible with the Xbox One
Playseat Challenge Gaming Chair
Let’s start with the one that’s the most unique. This isn’t a chair that you would likely use for most of your games, unless you own a ton of racing games. However, if you are into driving games, this chair is phenomenal.
You don’t find many chairs that cater to a super-specific audience like this one does, but really, if you want to feel immersed in a racing game, you kind of have to do something a little different from other chairs.
This chair makes you feel like a real NASCAR driver. It’s designed to look like a high-performance car seat, and when you sit down into it, you feel like you’re behind the wheel. The design lets your bottom sink lower than your knees, and the back reclines a bit.
It’s also designed to work with any steering wheel and pedal set. A desk-like platform extends across your lap, and a second piece attaches to the legs for the pedals. It’s compatible with “Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, PlayStation 4.”
What we liked:
You feel like a real driver
Ergonomic design is intuitive and comfortable
Easily foldable for saving space
What we didn’t like:
No built-in speakers
X Rocker 0717901 Triple Flip 2.1 Storage Ottoman Sound Chair with Arms
This chair looks just like a regular chair anyone might have in their living room, but it provides you with an awesome gaming experience at the same time. It has nice armrests, and a storage compartment beneath it. That’s another really nice feature that you don’t often find in gaming chairs. It’s big enough to store your controllers, some extra battery packs, and wires. Or, if you’d rather, you could store some snacks and drinks so you don’t have to keep running to the kitchen in the middle of your gaming session.
It gets even better. This chair comes with two built in speakers and a subwoofer. The audio quality is excellent, and because of its design, it’s not as totally relegated to gaming like some others seem. Your spouse or kids could be just as happy and comfortable watching TV or movies in this as well. And if you have neighbors or friends come over, they won’t make fun of you for gaming if you let them sit in this chair just one time and experience the awesomeness for themselves.
What we liked:
Unique storage compartment
Unique, stylish design
What we didn’t like:
Can’t tilt or rock as easily as other gaming chairs
Gioteck RC-3 Foldable Gaming Chair
Our favorite part about the X Rocker Triple Flip is the storage space. For a little less money, you can get the Gioteck RC-3, which also comes with some storage space. It doesn’t look quite as nice as the X Rocker, but it has a small mesh pocket on one side for small accessories, one on the back to hold on to your current issue of Game Informer, and a open box space on the bottom for controllers.
This chair doesn’t look like it blends in with your living room, but it does look cool. It’s color scheme fits the usual gamer preferences: black, red, and gray. It comes with two speakers by the headrest, and a volume control panel on the side. Not the fanciest chair, but good for the price.
What we liked:
Cool color scheme
What we didn’t like:
Seat space might be small for people who are bigger than average
Best Choice Products Gaming Chair W Audio Speakers System Video Game Rocker Seat
This Best Choice Xbox one friendly gaming chair is moderately budgeted out and come with a simple sleek design. The simple and black design of the chair is sharp with an added extra red accent that runs down the chair. It folds up as well which is great to store the chair somewhere when it’s not in use so it’s not in the way.
Has a sturdy wooden inner frame which gives it added durability
Has padded polyester fabric for added comfort
There’s an immersive audio experience with two speakers near the headrest and a headphone jack
Folds up when the chair’s not in use and allows for easy storage with a Velcro strap setup
This chair is more suitable for the younger crowd as adults will have trouble fitting in the chair