You’ll see them everywhere from your favorite game makers like PewDiePie to your local game store. Gaming chairs are the latest craze among digital warriors.
But do not worry! We’ve got all the details here to help you decide if a gaming chair should be in your future.
What types of gaming chairs exist?
Gaming chairs come in a few different flavors.
These attractive looking chairs are quite popular which means that the prices can range from fairly cheap to quite expensive. They usually come with two pillows, one for the neck and head and one for the back.
The most expensive have a number of other features.
Many chairs can recline in a reclined position so you can get a few winks between games. However, you should be aware that even with all these features, these racing style chairs are not considered much better for your back than regular office chairs.
If you’re really looking forward to buying one, you’d better save up for the big brands like GTRacing and Vertagear.
From GTRacing, a sturdy metal frame designed to promote a comfortable sitting position so you stay comfortable after hours of play or work.
The floor rocker style
These seats are more about fun than back, so they aren’t suitable for long hours of Fortnite.
They are also best suited for consoles that play on your living room television, as they are not high enough to be office chairs.
The cheapest have no extra features. Paying a little more gets you simple extras like cup holders, while the more expensive models include audio and force feedback features to enhance your immersion in the game.
Getting a rocker isn’t exactly the choice of champions, but it’s pretty fun if you’re only playing for a few hours a day.
What advantages do gaming chairs offer?
Let’s get real about something here; chairs only have to do one thing.
- They should give you a place to sit and do that without hurting your back early on.
- The average office chair doesn’t offer that, which is ironic given the amount of hours people spend at work.
- Gaming chairs, especially those from the big brands, certainly offer better back and neck support.
- In particular, if you go for the race car style, you get a seat that reaches up to your head and allows you to rest when you need to. But that’s not enough to give you a healthy amount of support during long sessions.
The simple truth is that buying a gaming chair is just cool. If you play long hours and don’t want an 80-year-old’s lower back while you’re young, you need an ergonomic chair.
Gaming chairs vs. ergonomic chairs
Searching for ergonomic chairs will reveal a surprising price difference.
Chairs that are ergonomically designed to support the human body as healthily as possible can cost as much as a high-end iPhone. And these are the non-personalized seats we’re talking about here.
Ergonomic seats have a significant advantage over advanced race car gaming seats; can be adjusted to your size. The gaming chairs just give you cushions and end the day.
Do you really need a gaming chair?
They look great, breathe style and promise comfort that will keep you playing until dawn. At the same time, there are a few types to choose from, as well as misinformation.
Not to mention peer pressure not to be a “real gamer” if you don’t have one.
- The truth is that sitting in a chair for many hours, regardless of type and price, is bad for your back.
- Our bodies were never made for that.
- You can pay the money for a Ferrari to get the best seat in the world and you will still have to get up every hour to rest.
Buying a gaming chair or ergonomic chair doesn’t suddenly make you the next Ninja. It won’t even help you play any longer.
So buy a gaming chair if you want. You just need to be responsible for taking care of your back by taking regular breaks. And if something hurts, stop and talk to a doctor if it’s wrong.
See all topics on equipment and how to play in our Fortnite Guide.