When it comes to console gaming your choice for where to sit is fairly standard. Usually on the nearest available couch. PC gaming is a little different though. I think most of us are probably using some form of mouse and keyboard, necessitating a desk. As we all know, sitting at a desk for hours on end is backbreaking work, unless you can get your hands on the perfect gaming chair that is.
Considering just how much time you’re going to spend with your derrière tucked into said chair, it seems like a fairly obvious decision to apportion a good chunk of your gaming funds towards it. But where to begin? Gaming chairs vary in price from a £5 milking stool all the way up to £38,000 simulation racing seats, and there's a heck of lot to take in when making your decision.
One of the most important things to consider when it comes to a good gaming chair is ergonomics. I mean, if it’s not comfortable, what’s the point? It needs to be the sort of chair you can sit in for days if need be, without a hint discomfort or a dead leg in sight, or customised to suit your whims. Crank it back for gamepad play or support your back for those long CSGO sessions.
Then there’s also build quality. Is it going to fall apart within six months or is it built to last? Unfortunately if you want to the two to go hand in hand, it invariably comes with escalating costs.
Considering these chairs are going to be having pride of place in your home, it’s also mightily important they look good. If your gaming chair looks like something dragged in from the dump, or a prop from the SyFy channel, then the people you’re living with might not take too kindly to it.
Functionality is also necessary to take into account. Are you going to use it racing games or flight sims? Is there anywhere to hold your can of beer? Does it have a fridge installed in the base? All vital questions for any aspiring gaming chair purchaser.
Oh, and one last thing - the small matter of price. Is it even worth spending hundreds of pounds on a chair, or are there some perfectly adequate cheaper alternatives.
What then, do you you look for in a gaming chair? Is there one thing about all else that you prioritise? And what chair do you have? Let us know!