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By Onny from Malaysia
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunThe glowing reviews just keep coming, don't they? :)My PlaySeat Challenge is perhaps one of the best value for money purchases I made ever. Coupled with my Thrustmaster T150, it is a pair made in armchair motorsport heaven.
Oh - thank you for providing those extra velcro straps.
By AdeKloet from Netherlands
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPlayseat Challenge a very stable seat for a fold up!You won't be disspointed with the palyseat challenge, I have bought it because I can store it away with my full G29 wheel on it. Setting it up is really easy, the seat is very well adjustable, and your own weight make it's very stable to use. The wheel bolds onto the wheel mount with the screws that come with the seat.
I am 1.86m long and still have enough space to adjust the pedals for comfortable driving. Good build quality for a good price.
Recommend for store away solutions!
By Richard from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunExcellentI've never owned a seat to use with my XBOX. Purchased the Challenge and received it a week ago. This seat has made a major difference in how well I'm driving in Forza 6. I'm winning and increasing the difficulty of the game as I go. I don't want to just win every time I play, I want to make it competitive. I would recommend the PlaySeat Challenge to anyone who may have a budget or someone that is not playing driving games all the time. WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT HAS MADE!!!!!
By Mike S. from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunAwesome product for the money spentI am more than satisfied with this setup. It's quite comfortable (although a little on the narrow side) and extremely adjustable. Sim Racing is now a reality with this setup!
One of the strengths of this seat is the ability to be able to fold it up and stash away. My wife really loves this!
Very highly recommended.
By enzocat from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPerfect!My son and I have been using our new Playseat for the last two weeks and we absolutely love it. It adjusts quickly and is perfect for our driving games/sims. My one caution would be do not try and adjust the seat while sitting in it because we ended up on the floor.
The portability of it makes it perfect for people who cannot dedicate a large amount of space for a regular chair. I can only give very positive feedback for this fun and solid chair.
By Willtrans from Australia
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunBest seat for price!We ordered the seats(two purchased). Shipped and delivered to Australia in less than 8 days!! (from Netherlands)
Small issue but good emails sorted that!!( my oversight too!)
Great solid quality and carlike feel .
Highly recmmend this seat.
By Damir from Croatia
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPerfect!Perfect seat for home
By MIcrawler from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design Funoverall this thing rocksI love it, few complaints really. At 5'8" it works well I would imagine if you were much bigger it wouldn't work well. Mostly due to the fact that the area where the wheel bar crosses feels thin and constricting. Although this and a minor bend needed to fix the alignment of the wheel mount bar I would buy and reccommended this and have had a few friends buy it aswell.
By Regijus from Lithuania
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design Funamazing producti just can say that it hold all this time like a boss of course after couple hours when i start sweat like a pig the seat material become wet as well but as a high quality material it was still confortable to drive and sit on it of course would be way better driving i think on a leather seat but playseat challange seat make a great job as well and i dont need to be worried about that can something go wrong with seat. so im happy about this your product but i will give 8/10 because no gear box holder and would be more comfortable that all rim would be a little bit wider but if we dont watch in these two options then 10/10 ;)
but its only two problems wich i saw after hard using this seat
the advantages of this seat is
giving all experiance of simulation
love that i can controle seat how i want in all ways
stability is amazing
all those high quality stickers blowing my mind how they can hold me because my weight is 90kg
and of course i love that high quality material
and all design is really cool so just let you know that is amazing product. thank you.
By Adrian from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunAmazing setup for small spaceThis seat is perfect for my small room and has helped me streamline my sim racing setup. It takes me less than a minute to get set up and a minute to put everything away. Overall the seat is very comfortable and I've put in several long sessions on iRacing without a problem. My G25 is mounted really securely and there are no stability problems with the seat. Overall, if you're looking for a seat and live in a small space this setup is for you!
By Carlo from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPerfectly practicalLove that I can fold this up and move it out of site. I mount the shifter to the right seat strap and it works amazingly well.
By MAMGF1 from Germany
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGo get it!All in all absolutely worth the money - and the delivery time was short too.
By Craig from Australia
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunSimply AmazingThe entire process has been amazingly simple. From ordering, shipping, set-up, and most importantly use - this product has exceeded all of my expectations.
Comfortable enough for long racing sessions, and easy to fold up and pack away keeps the wife happy too!
Couldn't recommend this chair highly enough!
By David from Australia
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunBest seat on the marketThe Playseat is tailor-made to suit the modern family home - allowing you to immerse yourself & enjoy the thrills of driving simulators, then easily + quickly pack away to a compact size.
Only 2 things I would change:
1) Comfort - make slightly wider... particularly where the legs sit against the side strap mounts
2) Price - whilst it is a good design & quality build...this is quite an expensive item for what you get.
Certainly is lots of fun!
By Brian from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat, but it hurt.Excited to finally purchase and glad when it finally arrived but then became so busy that it has taken 2 months to get around to assemble it which was a breeze. But then stupid me decided for whatever reason to undo the straps for the seat while sitting in it and the whole thing collapsed and boy did it hurt, part of the challenge hit a wound that was healing on my shin and re-opened it lol. Anyway dont be a dumbass like me and adjust while sitting, just get up and adjust little here and there. Other than that I love this rig :-)
By Frank from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat designLots of fun using my new seat and easy to change adjustments to let my friends have a try, maybe a new customer or 2. . Eh?
By Jay S. from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunBest Value for the MoneyThis is the first racing chair that I've owned, so I have nothing else to compare it to other than regular office chairs. I'm going to go line by line for the product ratings. TL;DR? Look at Overall at the end.
Can't argue too much here. This is their lowest priced seat, and is the most practical of the bunch as well. Got a cramped living space? Got kids? Most importantly, got a wife/girlfriend who won't let you put a permanent rig in the middle of the living room or bedroom? This is the chair for you! I've got a family of six living in a three bedroom house, so space is a bit at a premium. I can fold the chair down and put it away out of sight easy. None of the other chairs offered by Playseat can do this. You'd think they'd charge a premium for it being practical, but not so. I'm pleased with what I got for the money I paid. It's not perfect, but few things in this world are.
This chair is very, very comfortable once you've got it set up how you like. I've fallen asleep in this thing because of how it cradles you. It may be a little too comfortable in that case. There's only one minor ding I have against it in the comfort category, but I'm going to leave that criticism in the design section.
Design: The guys at Playseat actually did a pretty good job designing this seat considering the value you get for it. I've got some problems with the chair, and this part of the review is going to mostly go over the negatives I have with the design.
I've got a Logitech G27 (as I'm sure most people who opt for an entry-level setup do), and the wheel itself mounts up perfectly to the mounting plate. They include the hardware you need. You just line up the wheel with the holes on the plate and mount it on. There's a big knob on the bottom of the plate for adjusting the tilt on the wheel. The knob tightens down a small, plastic splined piece into a mating splined piece on the plate itself. This makes the wheel fairly secure when tightened and has a minimum of slop. My only concern is that both spline surfaces are plastic, so the teeth might get chewed up if you don't tighten the pieces down perfectly straight and aligned with each other. Just take care with alignment and there should be no long-term troubles. Will you be adjusting this a lot? That depends. If you put the chair away after use, you will be adjusting this every single time you. Same with the pedals.
In order to get a G27 to work with this, you have to buy an additional bracket to mount it to the main wheel. If you're handy, you can buy an L bracket at a home center and fabricate your own, but I didn't mind paying for it. The shifter screws onto the plate, and the plate is clamped into the wheel with its main clamps. That's it. The problem with this design is that you can't fold the chair up with the shifter installed. You have to unclamp the bracket and slide it out of the wheel. With a little effort you can figure out how to fold the chair up and keep the shifter nice and tidy when folded, but it's an added hassle.
One major positive to how the seat is designed is how the entire wheel section pivots out of the way for you to get in and out of the seat. There's an extension arm at the foot of the chair to compensate for the balance when this is done. The chair would flop over without it, so it's good they included that feature.
The chair is a bit of a hassle to get in and out of. It's slung very low, which is part of why it's so comfortable. But getting in and out can be a chore.
Now onto the pedals. There has been a lot of criticism about the red plastic screws on the foot pedals breaking. I'm going to tell you the reason they break is that people over-tighten them. A lot. You don't need to go at them like a 400 pound gorilla. Give them about a half turn once you start to feel them making contact with the bar. Make them snug, not tight. Do this and your screws won't break, and they'll hold just fine. That having been said, I wish they could have put detents into the bar for easily repeatable settings. One of the more appealing aspects of this chair is that you can fold it up and put it away. The downside to this is that you lose your pedal setting every single time you put it away. One work around for this is to get the pedals adjusted how you like, and then mark the bars with pencil so that you can see where to lock the sliders down. A bit of a hassle, but certainly not a deal-breaker.
A nice aspect is that the bar itself pivots up and down. You can fold up a towel, find a box or something else, and adjust the pedal angle. There's no built-in clamp for angle adjustment, but at this price point what can you expect?
And now for the biggest beef I have with the entire chair. This would be an absolute deal-breaker for some people--the chair is very, very, VERY narrow. I don't know who Playseat has working in their testing/QA department, but they all must be super skinny and small. I can't believe no one noticed and/or addressed this issue before deployment. I'm not a big person by any means, and I barely squeeze into it. There are metal rings used to connect the arm straps to the bars. These rings cut into my thighs because of how narrow the chair is. If you're built like a child, have no worries. If you're average sized, take caution. If you're a big boy or girl, forget it. Playseat's lack of attention on this one aspect is appalling.
Is it fun? You bet. Once you get it set up, it's a lot of fun. Your wheel and cables are a one-time setup once you've got the wheel base aligned with the plate and the wires wrapped to the lengths you need. Adjusting wheel tilt and pedal length every time sucks, but the chair folds up, so it's a given. One last ding on the fun factor is how heavy this rig is once you have everything installed. With a G27 setup, this thing weighs about 35 lbs (or approximately 16 kgs). Weight and adjustments are downsides, but don't ding the final score because there's little Playseat could do to change these things. It simply comes with the territory.
The TL;DR version: A great entry-level chair for people on a budget or people who have a demanding roommate. The only chair in the lineup that folds up to be put away. Build quality is good. Be gentle with the plastic, ESPECIALLY the pedal screws (snug, NOT tight). Take caution if you're a big person because the chair is extremely narrow. It's a lot of fun, negatives aside, and you'll never go back to an office chair after experiencing this. Definitely worth the money. Go get one. Now.
By CollectiveNight from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunAAA+++ GREAT Driving SeatThe Playseat Challenge is easy to set up and take down. Easy storage and is lightweight for moving from room to room if you need to store the unit after each use. This unit is well worth every penny.
By Justin from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunAwesome productThis thing is awesome and goes great with the Logitech wheel. I have sat in it for hours playing several times. Being able to fold it up and out of the way when I'm not using it is also great. The only complaint I have is the pedal rest clamps are glued on so if your rough on the pedals like I am then you will eventually push the assembly out of the clamps like I did.
By fuznotfuznot from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunNice Setup For Racing In A Small SpaceOverall I think this chair is a great value at the price. It is stable, well designed, and pretty comfortable for a fold up. Easy to set up and easy to fold and store. My one complaint is the pedal platform adjusters are not sturdy and broke loose quickly with aggressive braking pressure. I remedied this by wrapping a car tie down around the pedal system and chair bottom and I'm good to go. A strap of this sort might prove an simpler and more robust answer instead of the weak plastic fittings. As I have very limited space to set up in, and as I need to keep the area clear at other times, this chair is a perfect solution for me.
By Rod from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunFun, easy setupThe playseat challenge is really quick to setup. Storage is a big plus for this seat because it folds up with the steering wheel and pedals attached. It's is really easy to use. The steering wheel and pedal is very sturdy. Adjustable straps and locks for the seat to fit people of all sizes. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
By antichrysler from Canada
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design Fungreat product but overpriced after exchange and dutiesFirst off I must say I really love using this thing. After a little trial and adjustment I have it set to a very comfortable driving position that I can maintain for hours of online racing. I have the room to leave it set up all the time and my cat also finds it very comfortable when I'm not using it.
The only negative is at current exchange rates and with taxes and duties added on it ended up costing me twice as much as the price listed on the American web site. Delivery also took 5 days.
I'd recommend this thing to anyone with limited space and or lower back problems who like racing but have a hard time sitting for any length of time. Just make sure you figure out what it's going to really cost you before deciding to order
By dm776 from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunComfy, and versatileGood seat after racing in it for an hour or more I can stand up and not be cramped or sore. Playing Forza 6 in first person view is a treat!
I have also found myself using the chair without the wheel as a gaming chair. So this seat is not exclusively for racing.
My only criticism is that there could be a wider version. As a 6 foot 200 pound person I'm close to the limit of the size of human this chair will comfortably accommodate.
By Zenfish from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunLove it!I love this chair! It is well made, sturdy, and lots of fun to use.
By Zepps from Estonia
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunThe best option for those with no permanent spaceFor all you guys out there wishing you would have a nice racing rig but you're worried about the wife factor: this is your solution!
My wife was totally against a cockpit standing in our living room and that force me to play with a gamepad for long time.
Until I found out about Playseat Challenge and after showing her some pictures/videos, I finally got "approval" to pull the trigger!
Actually the other day after playing at night I forgot to put it inside the cabinet again and found out my wife sitting on it reading a book. So yes, it's really comfortable and flexible :)
Now about the Challenge as a product.
There are lots of Pros:
It's much more comfortable that I had thought. Really, you can sit there for hours and not feel tired. I think it's even more comfortable than regular office chairs or some seating avaiable in other cockpits.
It really adapts to your body shape and weight. You just feel that you're safe and steady, like in a real racing seat.
Another thing I've liked is there is no central support between your legs. In this sense it's also more like a real car than most cockpits.
The build quality is quite high. The material your body will be in contact is really nice, it feels great and not sweaty as leather seats. The structure is sturdy enough. I have it for a short time, but it does look like it will last long.
Assembling was a piece of cake. Provided assembly manual is very clear, you just follow the steps and it's ready to be used in a few minutes.
I've bought a Thrustmaster T300RS together, so let's talk about putting both together.
The wheel base fits nicely, attached with 2 screws included in Challenge package. Balance is quite good as it's the position to drive. There is a simple adjustment on the lower part of the wheel base support, allowing to turn it up/down to your own preference.
Pedal set included with T300RS can be fixed with an included stripe and it stays in place when driving.
To be fair there are a few cons, but I'd say they are more related to the Thrustmaster T300RS fitting in this product than the product itself. You may have different opinion if using different racing wheel.
But let's talk about them: when not in use, you'll probably want to close the Challenge for easy storage, as this is probably the reason you bought it anyway. The thing is, the way the wheel base is attached to the support (and there is no other way to attach it), make it impossible to fully close the Challenge, as the wheel itself will hit the chair fabric in the bottom part.
If you have a different wheel that the base is attached further, this won't happen. In my case I have to open a strap everytime I want to fully close the Challenge, which is not a big deal, but not nice as well.
Another con is how the pedals are attached to the base. There are no screws or plate to attach. Just a strap to go around the pedals and the Challenge base. Since T300RS standard pedals are on the small side, it's a little loose. There is stopper in the base though, so when playing I don't feel any movement as pressing the pedals just make it go agains the stopper anyway.
Attached picture showing the cons only, but the pros outweigh the cons for sure.
It doesn't get maximum stars for all criteria just because of that.
Overall Challenge is a really nice and well designed product, I totally recommend it!
If you don't want (or can't) your racing rig using your room space all the time, this is what you should buy.
It's really much better than those things that you only attach your wheel/pedals and you have to sit on the sofa.
By Gaiden from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPlayseat Challenge fit racing needs perfectlyMy gaming chair used for racing finally wore out and I started looking for a replacement. I needed a seat that was comfortable, and could be stored easily. I involved my wife in the process of determining the best option and we both found the Playseat Challenge appeared to be the best option. I ordered the seat directly from Playseat and the process was easy, fast, and actually fun. I monitored the seats journey via FedEx from start to finish as it traversed the globe. The seat arrived in excellent shape and I was able to assemble it in minutes. The materials are of excellent quality, from the Alcantara seat to the tubular chair frame, wheel platform, and high quality Velcro straps. My racing wheel and pedals attached easily and are very stable. I am able to race for long period of time without fatigued or becoming uncomfortable. An added bonus to the Playseat Challenge is the absence the wheel platform post found on other seat seat ups. There is no post between your legs! Thank you Playseat for providing an alternative to larger more fixed racing simulator chairs. See you at the races.
By Aaron from China
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPlayseat挑战者有比较好的性价比，更重要的是它非常易于折叠存放。Playseat挑战者的做工很好，坐上去包裹性和稳固性都不错。预开孔可以很方便的将方向盘安装上去，我们甚至没有看说明书就完成了所有的组装，只花了几分钟。
By German from Spain
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunIncreibleRelacion calidad precio inbatible.
Por poco dinero es posible tener una silla de conduccion en casa.
Lo malo es que el volante T80 que compre en conjunto no se adapta bien.
By WyoPenn23 from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunExactly what I needed with no sacrifice in quality!I am constantly moving for my job from one apartment to another apartment. Practically speaking, a full size gaming chair set up wouldn't work with my living situations. However, I needed something for iracing. I looked around and most of what I found online was cheap looking, or uncomfortable looking, or some sort of do it yourself project. That is until I found the challenge playseat.
The collapsible design is perfect for small apartment living, or for someone who likes to store their gaming chair away when not in use. It was very simple to get up and going out of the box as well.
It is somewhat heavy once the pedals and wheel are attached, but that should be expected. The quality of the build on this chair is worth the extra weight anyway. There is no noticeable wobble and the chair is comfortable enough to get through endurance races without much issue!
I only have two small issues, or quirks, rather. One, I had to use some of the foam in the box to make little anti scuff pads so that the chair didn't scratch my hard wood floor. 2. I'm having problems with wire management. The wires from my g27, if not wrapped around one of the legs, fall right on my legs which can get tangled. But that's not necessarily a chair problem, and more of a system one.
Anyway. This thing is great! The same feel and security as a larger set up with the added bonus of storability! I would recommend this product.
By Doug from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat seat, fun, strudy, and easy to setupOverall a great product. I would recommend to friends. My only complaint is the lack of a shifter attachment included with the seat. I built my own, but it would have been nice to be part of the whole package.
By Pak from Netherlands
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunIncredible seatThis might be the cheapest model from Playseat, but is is a quality product. The initial setup is very easy, and so is the folding of the seat for storing. The seat is very comfortable and the range of adjustment is very good. I have a Thrustmaster T300 RS mounted to this seat, and it is soild. I highly recommend this for anyone who needs a flexible solution.
By Davidthealien from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat productVery easy to set up, lightweight and super easy to fold for storage or unfold for use. Surprisingly comfortable. easily adjustable straps which are good. Im 6'6" and have no issues once adjusted to my height. As mentioned folds very easily for storage which was selling point for me as i do have a lack of space but wanted a racing seat. Pricing was only negative side if there is one as it is a lot of money. Would highly recommend to others
By Chris83 from Germany
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPerfect for RacingThe chair fits perfectly to the body and gives a very good feeling. You think you are sitting in the race car. It can be stowed very good and super easy to fold. Very space saving. The price is okay. The materials are high. The chair is very recommendable. I use it for F1 2015 and Project Cars on the PS4 and for GT6 on the PS3. It is the best chair that i ever had. When you don't have a lot of space is this the best choice.
By G from Ireland
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunLove itAm using the chair for over a month now and have to say I love it. Its really well built, really sturdy and very comfortable. I can sit in it for hours without issue. Its highly adjustable as well to suit all body shapes. I'm 1.9m tall and weigh 83kg and I am aable to get everyhting perfectly adjust for comfortable seating relative to the height of my screen.As for folding it away, its faultless and very compact. It fits perfectly and unobtrusively under my stairs and its great that you can leave the wheel and pedals attached. If space is an issue for you but you don't want to compromise on quality then this is the chair for you.
By utahphunk from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat seat, adjustable, portable, no real weaknessesMy review summary really says it all. I'm very happy with this seat. The only caveat is something that I've read from someone else as well - The clips that connect the pedal bracket to the bottom of the chair itself seem rather fragile, so I'm always sure to lift the pedal brack up a little before I slide the whole seat off to the side of my desk when I'm not using it.
By Mr Omneo from United Kingdom
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPerfect for those with limited spaceI've long hankered after a wheel & pedal set-up but was put off because most of the chairs I'd seen were way too large for my very small front room and it just didn't feel right using a stand with my existing computer chair.
Then someone told me about the PlaySeat Challange. At first I thought it was expensive for a 'fold down chair' but after reading some online reviews I took the plunge and I have to say, it's been a fantastic purchase.
The quality of the components is 1st class, assembly was ridiculously easy. From opening the box to sitting in the chair i spent less than 15 minutes. The instructions were extremely easy to follow but in all honesty you could put it together without them as there are just a few pieces to slot together.
And the comfort, oh how comfortable it is! I easily found myself playing for 2/3hrs without getting out of it, it's super comfortable. When in use it pretty much fills up what free floor space I have, as you can see from the photo but it quickly folds down for storage taking up minimal space. So compact it fits into the back of the wardrobe.
I have no hesitation in recommending the PlaySeat Challenge for those with either limited space or a limited budget. You will not be disappointed.
By oscarolim from United Kingdom
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat productI purchased this because is the only option that can easily be put away after playing, and if initially I had my reservations about the price and build quality, once I used it it is definitely worth the price.
It is quite sturdy (I'm using a TX on it), I can play for hours without feeling tired or uncomfortable, and once I'm done, I can easily put it away and use close to no space at all.
By Drinu_29 from Malta
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunCheap Seat and very comfortable!The Experience on this seat is really entertaining first of all!
I played racing simulators with other seats but this seat is just epic!
It can be folded and stored in a small place like I did. I will reccomend to others for sure, Thankyou Playseat :)!
By Maarten from Netherlands
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunNot quite compatible with all steering wheelsThe Playseat Challenge is a fine product. To be able to fold it up and put out of the way is a must if you don’t have limitless space.
The only negative part of the aquisition was the promise that it was compatible with all steering wheels and pedals currently available. This might have been technicaly true, but in the case of my Thrustmaster T80 (and other wheels with similar mounting systems) this ment that the only way it could be mounted was with the wheel almost touching my chest. So it was succesfully mount but obviously not in a way that I could use. In order to usefully mount the wheel I found an adaptor from Wheel Stand Pro (€17,99) and I drilled a two extra holes in the mountingplaform. Now it fits great and I’m glad to own the Playseat Challenge. I just found the assurance of near universal compatabilty somewhat misleading.
By Mehves from Turkey
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunVery comfortable although it is foldable and mobileThis seat is perfect as it can be folded and stored. I haven't found any other driving seat with this feature. Although it is very mobile, it is very comfortable. My thanks go to playseatstore.com as they sent the product very quick. It took long for me to receive it but it was due to my country's customs.
By DFroN from United Kingdom
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunA review of the Playseat ChallengePros: Comfortable, foldable, stable and very quick to set up
Cons: Quite pricey, I wonder about long term durability
This will be a short review of the Playseat Challenge intended to provide information to those interested in the seat who are unable to see it in person prior to ordering. As Playseat don’t have many local stockists I suspect that most people will be ordering without ever having seen the chair themselves, as I did.
I purchased the chair from the Playseat UK store and it arrived a week later well packaged from Italy. Upon opening the box initial impressions were good; the alcantara material used for the seat is very soft and feels high quality, the metal frame tubing powder coated evenly with no marks or damage. Assembly of the seat was straightforward with adequate instructions provided.
My Logitech G27 wheel mounted solidly using the supplied allen key and bolts. The wheel stand is metal with predrilled holes for various wheel manufacturers and according to the Playseat website it “works with all steering wheels and pedals currently available” – I assume this is because you could simply clamp your wheel to the stand as you would on a normal desk in the event that the Challenge doesn’t have pre-drilled holes for your wheel type. The wheel angle is adjustable by a clamp on the bottom side and allows for a wide range of adjustment. Once clamped the wheel feels solid enough in place with a slight forward/backward flex when applying force but importantly there is no sideways play. I can say that the forward/backward flex is small enough as to be not noticeable during gameplay, it’s a non-issue.
I have the Playseat Gearshift Support bracket to mount the G27’s gear shift unit. There’s not much to say on it, it’s essentially a straight bracket mounted to the seat using the gear shifter and wheel’s own clamps. It allows you to mount the shifter on the left or right hand side of the wheel.
To the front of the chair the pedals are mounted with a Velcro strap to a telescopic frame allowing adjustment for different lengths according to your height. Here we find my only gripe with the Playseat Challenge – the clamping thumbscrews which allow for the telescopic adjustment are made of plastic and I’d prefer them to have a metal thread improving their durability. The pedal angle is not adjustable which may be a problem for some however I imagine it would be possible to pack out the bottom of your pedals to angle them if this was a big concern.
In use, I really like the Challenge. It’s adjustable enough to go from an almost lying down F1 style seating position to a more upright touring car position and everywhere in-between whilst being comfortable enough to be used for long periods of time. I’m setting the chair up at my desk and pulling my monitor forward so that the screen is just above the steering wheel and it works well. It takes me about 30 seconds to open the chair up (just like a deck chair) and connect it to mains and USB, it’s much quicker than having to clamp a wheel to a desk every time you feel like playing and it folds away small enough (60 x 49 x 38 cm folded) to allow me to store it in a wardrobe. This is very important to me as I can’t/don’t want to have a permanent Playseat setup. The Challenge would be great for use in a living room setup being light enough to move around and pack away.
Overall I have no qualms recommending the Playseat Challenge, I’ve been enjoying mine for 2 months now without issue. I do wonder how its long term durability will be, will the alcantara seating material stretch over time? Will the plastic thumbscrews wear out? However for now these are if’s and but’s, I have no evidence anything will fail and the chair feels solidly put together.
By Brian from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunExellent quality and easy to setup and use.The seat is excellent quality and very easy to setup and use. The adjustments allow for setting the seat up for a great driving experience. The platform that the pedals attach to could be made to allow a more stable connection, the Velcro strip that is used to strap down the pedal platform will sometimes come loose and the pedals will slip. The ability of the chair to fold up and be stored is awesome, this allows for persons with limited space to own and use this seat. The only draw back of storing the seat was that the dye from the material of the seat leached onto the wall that it was leaned up against and has proven very difficult to remove or cover up. I would recommend that if the seat is leaned up against something else while stored that a cover be put over it or something placed between the seat and whatever it is up against.
By Gabaj Tamás from Hungary
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat seat but a bit overpricedin a 380ft2 apartment it is great for space saving, this is why i have a seat now. The other seats wouldn't fit anywhere after use. it is a great producet but a bit overpriced.
By Tucker from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPerfect for what its designed forI am a college student, living in a 510 sq/ft studio appartment, I am also addicted to Iracing. The Playseat challenge folds up perfectly to fit in my home. The seat is perfectly comfortable, and you can adjust it from a F1 style seating position to a Nascar position. The thing is also solid, i get little to no wiggle out of it when racing. One problem had was the little plastic peaces that hold the pedals on snapped, making it a bit harder to fold up and a little less stable. I would say that is the only cheap part on this seat though. I would recommend this to anyone.
Iracing, RFactor 2
510 sq/ft studio appartment
By Plus from Mexico
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunI love itHi, i love my playseat; it's very comfortable, the experience game is better in every way.
Thank's for making this.
By Andresc from Colombia
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunFor those married!, this is the perfect choice.For those married, and your wife is strict like hell, with the order and decoration of your living room , this chair is the perfect choice. I always wanted to have a Playseat chair but the price and the enormous size of the standard models didn't let me decide to buy one.
I can fold it with so much ease, the materials and construction are so well done. The stability and the way you can adjust to your fit are unique.
If you have a T-Rex-Wife as mine... don't doubt to buy this chair, she will appreciate it.
By Roger from Spain
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunVery goodI don't have room for a big cockpit and need something that can be folded and stored somewhere.
This playseat is perfect for this, and has very good stability.
I have a thrustmaster T300 wheel, and it works perfectly.
By beaser from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunI love it !It is a great seat for all my games.
By Dan from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunAwesome Seat for your Casual RacerThis seat has impressed me in many ways. While I feel it is a little pricey, don't be fooled. This seat is made of high quality materials that you could not just make up at home. The seat is ridiculously ergonomically friendly, and the way it folds out can fit anyone. I would recommend this seat to all my friends. It folds up super nicely when you're done playing and can be placed under the bed or in the closet. You know what that means? The wife cannot get mad because it doesn't take up a lot of space! All in all, I have to give this seat a 10/10 review because it is perfect for me. I debated on making a makeshift DIY seat for cheaper, and I could not be happier with my decision. Thank you playseat!
By joedoro from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunVery good but priceyWheelstand I used before was great for portability but bad ergonomically
A dedicated driving rig is great ergonomically but bad for portability. No way I could have one in my home theater room. And no way I'm going to drag it out every time I want to play.
So the challenge looked like an ideal compromise. And it is.
Sets up and breaks down in less than a minute. When not used it's out of sight.
Sitting in it is snug and after long runs I can feel it in the back of my thighs. I imagine not much different that actually driving in a race car. The way the wheel swings out to let you in to sit is wonderful.
There is just the tiniest of wobble from the plate that holds the wheel but otherwise is quite solid. I found the pedal adjustments fine. And being able to adjust the wheel rotation is great.
Price wise, it is a little more than one would expect to pay for what it's made of, but then again this is a niche product.
By RicoF from Malta
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat basic playseatI cannot afford to have a fixed playseat, so I thought of buying this seat as it can be easily put up and away as needed. I have to admit I was more than surprised by its quality though at times the metal parts which hold the velcro can be a bit uncomfortable on the thighs, but it could be that I need to slim down a bit.
Overall I am more than satisfied with this seat, my driving improved drastically as now I feel more engaged in the game having the right posture. Definitely worth buying!
By mccauley from Ireland
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design Funpart 1I bought the play seat challenge with the t300rs for the game project cars! This was my first seat and wheel so I read a lot of reviews before I decided to spend almost 600 euro on an item just for one game! I ordered it and within 4 days it was here, when I opened everything was nicely packaged and very very easy to set up, it's drilled for all types of wheel and my t300 fitted perfectly and very secure! The seat it self feels very race car like and is really comfortable when playing, I really can't recommend this seat enough for somebody who is tite on space as it folds away in seconds or doesn't have the high budget for a big rig!
By Seedublyew from Canada
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPractical Awesomeness!My wife was sick and tired of seeing my old BMW 3-Series drivers seat in the middle of the living room whenever I would have a "driving session". After seeing the Challenge, I knew it was the solution we would both be happy with, and we weren't disappointed. The driving position is excellent, the "Alcantara" like materials are really high quality, the design is both sturdy and "racy", and ingenious way it all folds up to a slim footprint to store away makes it a winner in our apartment. And since it so easily and quickly sets up, I am able to get in more driving sessions, more often! And it looks so good, my wife doesn't even mind if I sometimes leave it out after! Perfect for drivers who don't have the space for a dedicated driving sim room.
By Nikolaj from Denmark
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat seat for small roomsThe seat is great, very good quality, surprisingly comfortable considering the price, love the design of this seat and all it's features, easy to assemble and hide away with it's cleaver folding mechanism.
My driving experience improved alot with this seat and fits just perfect in my small room. In my opinion this seat makes the driving experience of my driving games more realistic
Overall I think the seat is amazing :)
By yitchard from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design Funperfect for small living spacefits in nicely to my small room. platform is very stable. the seat is not the most comfortable, but i don't think it is possible to improve with a package this small.
overall a great buy for anyone who needs a platform for their wheel setup who does not have money or room for a full setup.
By GTRaser from Austria
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunClears up every Space problemI thought for a long time to get a support for my G27. Just putting it on the desk was just torture for my back. But normal seats need so much space. But then I found the challenge. I checked a review of a famous Youtube Channel and after their words i decided to order it.
Very Friendlly email support (i forgot to type in the order number but that wasnt a problem at all) and after some days it was here.
I unwraped it, the short picrographic manual told me everything i needed to know and i was able to get started within a few minutes.
Important: also get the gearshift support if you use the g27 with the shifter, otherwise you will be in trouble.
the seat itself is foldable so you cannot expect that it is as stabile as a based seat. But even with this movable base i never had the fear to drop out of it or it coulld break down. I have to admitt, i was a bit unsure because of the straps if they will hold me but even with my too high body weight the seat takes it without any compromises. Big Pro: Because the seat is carried by the straps, the seat floor is flexible (as you can see on the product image), so it will get like a second skin on your back.
The wheell is fixed by a swing-arm which is flipped to the left while on the right side is a small fixing piece for the closed position. Also the angle of the wheel is adjustable so after some experimenting you will soon find your optimal seat position.
By Charlie7 from Spain
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunPerfect in small placesMy son enjoy it every day
By Omar Diemer from Denmark
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunReal racecar not needed with a PlayseatThis Playseat gives you the kick and feelings like driving in a real racecar. Save the day for a real racecar, and enjoy the race from a safe home position with your Playseat.
By Marc from Canada
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design Funvery goodThis chair is a very good buy, it's stable , very comfortable and the foldable system is very clever.I am very please with my purchase.
By DoctorDigital from Germany
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunRacing as it should be on minimzed space!You want a Racing Seat and do not have much storage room or even a Gaming Basement? THIS is the seat you are looking for!
It is solid (and I know what I am talking about, because I am not of a light build - if you know what I mean) and is on top of that wife/girlfriend friendly, since you can store it almost anywhere with litterally no place it occupies! So - if you want to do some serious racing and you have not much space and even your wife / girlfriend is not an active hardcore gamer, this seat is not only a compromise, this is the greatest and there is no discussion with your loved one - promise! ;-)
By BON from Sweden
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunSmooth but not cheapSmooth but not cheap
Quality is good.
By Pjotr from Netherlands
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunHighly Recommended!Great fun! An affordable, compact and solid solution for (Race-) gaming.
By Peterbb from Switzerland
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat foldable seatGreat surprise for your beloved gamer and easy to put away
By Yassy from Singapore
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunThe most practical gaming seat in the marketEver since I got my Playseat Challenge, I was addicted to playing driving games. It was the best racing seat I tried while playing my favorite driving games. Besides all the fun in it, it has all the features that I have imagined on an ideal gamer's seat. The design of it's portability and ease to setup and fold is genius. Plus my experience on purchasing this seat is remarkable, as it was beyond my expectations. The seat was delivered to me in a snap and in great packaging.
Thanks again PLAYSEAT. Here is one of your many very satisfied customer. More power to you and keep up the good work. :)
By Johansen83 from Denmark
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat foldable rig!I didn't had high expectations about the Playseat Challenge, but i was really surprised about the build quality and comfort. Great adjustability and very easy to fold and store. It is not the coolest looking rig on the market, but you forget all about that as soon you're seated.
By Carlos Lobal from Mexico
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunMuy buen productoHola mi nombre es Carlos de Mexico D.F.
Compre un Playseat Challenge y ha sido la mejor compra que he hecho y es la primera vez que experimento la sensación de pilotear un auto de carreras.
Escogí el Playseat Challenge por el precio, y por lo comodo que se guarda todo el equipo. el servicio de envío es fantástico, en cualquier momento sabes en donde se encuentra.
Es un producto de mucha calidad en los materiales, ademas que me puedo sentar sin problema en el, a pesar de que mido 1.88 cm. y peso 80kg.
Estoy muy feliz con mi Playseat porque a mi hijo de 4 años le gusta jugar y pasamos horas jugando, dirt shodown, granturismo 6 y formula 1 2013 que este ultimo es nuestro favorito.
Espero en el futuro se pueden conseguir estos productos en Mexico.
By cienporciencris from Spain
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunperfectoPerfecto todo
By James from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunSurprisingly Clever Budget PlayseatThe design of the seat is incredibly clever for what in actuality is- a fabric hammock stretched over a few metal tubes. I was most surprised to discover how comfortable this setup is as well. I fatigue mentally well before I would physically when pulling a marathon gaming session in this seat. I've also found it to be very stable and adjustable, and the folding function is great for packing everything up into a closet.
It's a great fit for me, and it should be fine for particularly tall or short people as well. It is a narrow seat, however, so the more slender a person you are, the more comfortable you will probably be.
By Mangla from Spain
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunVery good, fun and useful productComfort, stability of play, easy to store and very practical and well designed
By Richy from Netherlands
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunReally good and affordable seatAbout a year ago i bought 3 of these seats,
1 for myself and 2 for friends who were interested.
Seat delivers way above spectations.
Really really comfi and real good materials ! I really like the way the seat is holding your body, slightly laid back position but not too much. Really nice when you drive for a couple of hours repeatly, no stiff neck or stiff shoulders.
Pedal holder is changeable in distance, not in height but i placed my pedals not against the bar but on top of it, so you create slightly more angle, perfect for my situation.
Steeringmount is not changeable in distance but when you have average body measurements, it's somehow always has a good distance, you can changen the angle of the steeringmount and thats in most of the times just enough to make it right.
First setup without sitting in you think it's a bit unstable but that's really not true, when you take place, the seat really hugs you and you feel like a racing driver instantly, because of your bodyweight the seat is rock solid when you take place.
Big plus when your using force feedback (asuming most of the people do) the pressure of the force feedback gives a great feeling through the seat and you get a real racy feeling.
I really like the seat and in my opinion it's a great and really affordable model, i've less space at home and when i'm done, i plug it out, fold it and place it in the corner.
Nothing but good words for this one !
I'm using it with a logitech DFGT.
By jaime from Chile
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design Funtop seatis the best seat to people than dont have much space in home.
By Benzer7131 from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunBetter than advertised, superb quality, durability, and function.THE perfect solution for the gamer with a wife that does not want your setup permanently in front of the family TV! I am a traveling sales rep and pack my seat, PS, and G27 into my truck for every trip - take into hotel and don't miss a race. Playseat just as stable and perfect today as when I unpacked it 18 months ago. NO issues, NO complaints, Playseat delivered more than expected (unusual today).
By E-MAN from United States
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunBringing interactive education to a whole new levelThis is the second Playseat Challenge that has been purchased to provide interactive education and awareness to students and adults regarding the dangers of distracted and impaired driving. The seat is used in conjunction with the One Simple Decision driving simulator from Virtual Driver Interactive.
The Playseat Challenge is a valuable tool that has raised our program to a higher level. The students are intrigued by the seat and are eager to participate. The seat is portable, easy to store and ship to events, and quick to set up.
The order process is efficient and the customer service is focused on meeting the needs of the customer in a timely manner.
I would highly recommend the Playseat Challenge to other organizations.
By nismosteve from Belgium
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat product for someone who doesn't has a lot of a spaceI have the seat for about a year and still very happy with it, since i play most in the living room the foldable design is great for me. It only takes a few minutes to set up and store it again. Comfort is pretty good and used materials are also durable. I use the Thrustmaster TX wheel which fits perfectly.
By Sandaman from Netherlands
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGood seat for maximum fun at a minimum storage spaceBought the seat about a year and a half ago.
Used to have the Playseat Evolution A1GP in White, but it took up to much storage space.
The Playseat Challenge is a good alternative. I was supprised with the stability. My G25 with SRF-S1 mounts very stable to the seat. The seat is ideal for both Formula and Touringcar racing as it has an adjustible angle.
And the miss's is very happy that it can be stored away...
By Alex from Italy
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunA great product.Easy to assemble, very comfortable to closed. Really good product to start racing in the car.
By nfigueir from Portugal
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunWorks perfectly but may need some DIY for being perfectOverall the seat is very well made and if used with the recommended wheel/pedal set and being the average person this is a product which you can take out of the box, assemble, play, have fun, neatly fold it away in a closet and be good until the next time.
However, I don't have the recommended wheel/pedal set nor I am an average person.
Starting with the wheel I have a Fanatec Turbo S which fits without much problems using 2 screws and it stays secure. For the pedals since I own a set of Fanatel metal CSP pedals they won't attach securely to the seat frame because they don't have a flat surface underneath. As such, I had to do some DIY in order to attach it securely to the seat. This will also play a role when storing the seat away since the CSP are quite heavy and I need to use a couple of extra velcro strips to keep everything in place.
Finally, my size is also not the best fit for this seat.. I am 1m90 with 120kg which the seat is happy to carry around without breaking itself apart (a huge plus on playseat for that) and it feels a little small on the knee area but other than this, you can adjust the seat well enough to make it confortable for a few gameplay hours. I only which the whole frame was 5cm or 10cm wider but I understand I am not the average user of these devices.
In the end this is still the only option if you want something which feels like a real car and which you can store away when not in use.
By Mattes from Germany
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunGreat playseat for all with few spaceIt's a great chair and I enjoyed racing all over the world for many hours ;)
It's comfortable and long races are no problem. If the chair is folded it fits in a small corner and it is ready for racing in a few seconds.
All in all a must have for all racing game fans!
Overall Price / Quality Comfort Design FunIf you want a racing seat go for itI was looking into racing chairs for a while now, but always hold of because of cost and space requirement. When I saw the Playseat Challenge at Gamescom and had a chance to test it out it was a instant buy for me.
Building it is very simple and require no tools, in fact it is harder to get out of the box than it is to build. Included Vercro straps help with cable management and keeping it folded when stored.
The chair is very adjustable but a bit of a hassle since you have to get out of it for a lot of the adjustments, but once done you won't need to change anything even when storing it. (Ok, if you have really long legs like me, you may need to put back the pedal rest when storing)
At first glance it doesn't seem very sturdy because you're basically sitting on Velcro straps, which is the main reason it is only rated for 122Kg, but once you adjusted it to your needs and sat in it for 5 min the chair has settled and withstands even heavy gaming sessions.
The hammock style seating is very comfortable even over an extended period of time and the alcantara gives it a premium feel , however it does get warm and possibly sweaty and the front loops that hold the back adjustment bands can interfere with your legs, which can get uncomfortable after a while, but even a thin piece of foam is a big improvement here and only a minor complaint of mine.
Storing it is done in under 30 seconds. Unlock the wheel plate, fold the chair, secure it with the included Velcro strap, lift up the pedal rest and secure it with the attached Velcro strap. done. It is to note, that it doesn't stand on its own when folded.
Summary: You want a racing chair, but you don't have enough space? Buy this one.
It's not a compromise but a full fledged alternative with it's only drawback being it's load rating. It is also a good choice if you just want to save money.
By G. Mayer
Price / Quality Overall Comfort Design FunWow, this chair is really convenient!Wow, this chair is really convenient! It easily folds into a small package, but the race experience is still really great. I think the larger Playseat® chairs are more spectacular to drive but this one is certainly worth the money.
By Collin D.
Price / Quality Overall Comfort Design FunNice chairI bought the Playseat Challenge a few months ago and I've really enjoyed it since! The chair is comfortable, adjustable and since I don't have a lot of space it's really nice that the Challenge is foldable.
All in all I must say: given the price it's a pretty comfortable chair.
By T. Abasi
Price / Quality Overall Comfort Design FunVery comfortable and adjustableI really like the Playseat Challenge. The experience is great and the seat is very comfortable. Thanks to straps you can adjust the chair exactly the way you want and the wheel can be turned up, so you can easily get seated. I also think it’s really great that you can fold the chair, including the wheel and pedals, so it doesn’t use that much room when you’re not using it.
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