“Immersion” is a word that’s thrown around a lot when it comes to gaming, and for good reason. When you get immersed in your game, you’re truly taken to another place, leaving the stress and problems of this world behind. Gaming chairs help with immersion because they are specifically designed to do so- they’re comfortable, contain speakers (and sometimes vibration) to draw you further in, and they can even simulate the feel of driving an actual car when you play racing games. No matter why you want a gaming chair, there are plenty on the market that will enhance your PS4 gaming experience. The following is the list of the top five gaming chairs in four different pricing levels so that you can get informed on which chair will be the best for you depending on your budget.
The Budget Choice: Cohesion XP 2.1 Gaming Chair with Audio
Description: The Cohesion XP is the best chair you can buy for less than the price of the typical game you’ll be playing while sitting in it. It’s aesthetically simple and doesn’t offer much in the way of hardware, but it’ll immerse you more than if you were simply sitting on the couch. The chair features two audio speakers and headphone jacks, it’s designed to rock back and forth for maximum comfort, and it’s lightweight enough for you to comfortably move it out of the way if space is limited in your gaming area.
Buy if You: Don’t have a lot of space or money to spare and play games casually enough to not warrant a big purchase but just enough that you want a dedicated chair instead of the couch.
The Inexpensive Option: X Rocker 51498 Pulse 2.1 Sound Gaming Chair
Description: You’re not going to be able to find many super high-quality chairs for under $100, but at only $20 above that limit, the X Rocker 51498 is an excellent choice. It’s incredibly comfortable, features a 2.1 sound experience (the subwoofer alone is awesome), and it doesn’t take up too much space in your gaming area. It doesn’t hurt that it looks pretty cool, and if you own a couple of them, you’ll quickly be the top choice for late night split-screen gaming sessions among your friends.
Buy if You: Don’t want to spend an arm and a leg but still want to improve your gaming experience. Using this chair will definitely enhance your experience, but it won’t give you as much immersion as the next two chairs (especially if you’re a racing fanatic).
The Expensive Option: X Rocker II Wireless Gaming Chair
Description: X Rocker is definitely the leading name in gaming chairs, and this product definitely does a good job of proving why. Fantastic sound, excellent padding, comfortable arm rests, vibration motors that sync with the subwoofer, and the fact that it’s wireless make this average-priced choice a great deal for the money. The chair looks, sounds and feels great, which is everything that you can expect out of a gaming chair that’ll cost you just under 200 bucks. This chair, like the previous options, sits on the floor. If you want a similar chair (as far as price and features go) that sits on a pedestal, you should check out the X Rocker II Wireless Gaming Chair.
Buy if You: Want a great chair that will get you the most value for your money. If you spend a lot of time playing games, this is the chair you’ll need to take your experience to the next level.
The Most Expensive Option: Openwheeler Advanced Racing Seat Driving Simulator
Description: You can’t talk about gaming chairs without talking about racing. While the Openwheeler Advanced Racing Seat is definitely a specialized purchase, this is the chair to buy if you love racing games and want as much immersion as physically possible. If you read our Racing Wheel Buyer’s Guide, you’ll be pleased to know that all of those wheels will work well with this chair, which simulates the feeling of sitting in a real driver’s seat. While this chair looks undeniably awesome, it also takes up a lot of space… but if you’re going to drop $400 on a chair, chances are that won’t matter too much to you. If you’re a big racing game fan, you will most definitely get the most value for your money when you pick up this chair.
Buy if You: Love racing games and want to simulate the driving experience as much as possible. If you just want to play shooters or survival-horror games, this chair isn’t for you.