Playseat Challenge Racing Gaming Chair Review | $250

Playseat Challenge Racing Gaming Chair Review | $250

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The Playseat Challengeis a hybrid solution of a wheel stand and a cockpit. This is a one of a kind seat that is surprisingly stable, well engineered, and a perfect solution for sim racers on a budget.

The seat features a fully collapsible frame that can be folded up and put into a storage room or even under a bed when not in use. It has a wheel support plate that swings up and down so you can get in and out of the chair. The pedals connect to the base on two padded bars that keep them securely in place.

Made of High Quality Materials and Has a Brilliant Design

What is most impressive about this simple little seat is the materials and the smartly engineered design. the seat farme is made out of powder coated metal tubing and the seat material is made out of nicely stitched and well padded alcantara suede.

The design is kind of like a sim racing lawn chair, but with lots of adjustability. It doesn’t look like much but it incredibly stable even under aggressive sim driving. When folded up in measures 49 inches tall, 29.5 inches wide, and 11 inches deep. When setup in driving position it is 53 inches tall x 21 inches wide, and 38 inches deep. Also this racing seat ONLY weighs 20 pounds and is incredibly easy to assemble and fold up!

Just look how thin this get folded up…thats pretty awesome for a racing chair!

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Another impressive feature of this racing seat is that it can accommodate a driver between 4 feet and 7 feet tall. There are many other seat solutions on the market that can do that.

How Does It Adjust

On the side of the seat there are straps that can be adjusted. This can move the seat from a Nascar like driving position back to a F1 style position. The wheel angle adjusts via a knob behind the wheel plate and the pedals, while don’t have angle adjustment are able to be adjusted towards and away from the seat.

What Wheel and Pedal Brands is it Compatible With

The Playseat Challenge can accommodate most of the popular wheels and pedals. The wheel plate has pre-drilled holes and the pedal plate has a Velcro strap that lock any set of pedals into place. I tested it with the Thrustmaster TX and T3PA Pedals and no issues at all.

This is a popular racing seat choice amongst Thrustmaster and Logitech wheel owners.


Who Should Buy The Playseat Challenge

This seat would work best for a racer on a budget or someone short on space. It is priced fair to the market, because its a bit more expensive than a wheel stand, but a bit less expensive than a full racing cockpit.

If you are looking for an entry level sim racing solution the Playseat Challenge is a great option. I wouldn’t recommend this to a hardcore sim racer, but for anyone racing on a console this is a nice choice.

A Simple Racing Setup

Logitech G920 steering Wheel ReviewIf I was looking to a simple racing setup for the Xbox One designed around the Playseat Challenge, I think the Logitech G920 is a great choice to go with this seat.

That would bring your total cost to about $600 and get you a foldable seat, a racing wheel and a 3 pedal set.

If you wanted to a little less expensive my next best suggestion is the Thrustmaster TMX racing wheel and the Challenge seat would cost about $450

Note: This seat will not allow you to add a shifter.

Don’t Judge This Racing Seat By the Way It Looks

At first glance, I thought this was an overpriced crappy racing seat, but then I started racing with it. Honestly my mind was kind of blown!

The seat is super comfortable even for extended hours of racing. I also was surprised as just how stable the frame was built. Once you get in it, there is very little wobble. Someone over a Playseat did came up with a genius design for this chair. I am 6’2 and I dont fit comfortably in all racing seats, but this seat had great adjustment capabilities for me.

“the seat is stable in all the right places”

This seat is surprisingly awesome given the price and storage ability. If you have small apartment then to me this is hands down one of the best solutions. I would certainly consider this is lieu of a wheel stand, but not a full cockpit if you can afford one.

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Customer Reviews

… to stick to budget and bought this after viewing good review on youtube

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 28, 2015
By Shreyasg
I was trying to stick to budget and bought this after viewing good review on youtube. It was easy to assemble but I did have to take help from a friend to hold the seat in place to fasten the straps. I am 5-8 in height and it just about fit me. I wished I could extend/lower/enlongate the position but the two side straps that hold the whole seat together have a limit. You elbows also keep hitting them during play. This restricts adjustment of steering wheel position.I dont think this seat is adjustable for taller people. The pedal holder worked fine except the locking mechanism. After extended play, the pedal set was sliding away. You have to really take care while assembly to place the joint (with the screw that fixes the set) right on top of both pipes. Despite the above issues, I still enjoy this seat very much. Its easy to fold and put away. Its the only good product I see people who live apartments and small spaces buying.

Seat Rules!!!!

 on December 29, 2017
By Robin Cooper
If you do not have room for a full racing rig set-up the this is the seat you not only want, but need. It is comfortable enough that my middle aged rear end can sit in it and get some great gaming time without feeling like I am in my forties. It folds up small enough were it would fit in a small space such as a closet. Highly recommended. I figure a few more hours of GT and this seat I should land a full time F1 ride soon.

Playseat Challenge Racing Sim Chair.

3 people found this helpful.
 on May 18, 2014
By Pierre
For the money and my limited space, this product has exceeded my expectations. It’ well made, storable and very comfortable. I am so much more comfortable now while playing my Racing Sim, I dare say my driving has improved! 😉 Now all I need is the bracket for the gear shifter for my G-27 steering wheel. That’s my only complaint that the bracket isn’t included. I’m looking at an outrageous $80 + after exchange & shipping to acquire one!

Great Seat, fold and put away when not in use

One person found this helpful.
 on October 15, 2015
By FRod
Needed a seat that I could fold away, out of sight when not playing and this fit the bill perfectly. Also didnt want to spend $500 on a racing seat. Im about 185 and sometimes have to get into the seat softly or else it can lose the velcro grip and collapse on you. Still a good seat and highly recommended. Fits the Logitech G920 

Very Good!

 on November 17, 2014
By Elber Z.
Considering the style type (perhaps, it’s the most compact cockpit), it caters well! I have a Fanatec CSW v2. I say that it looks like I’m in a real car, for the cockpit vibrates a lot (too heavy cockpit takes that feeling). Who does not have space can invest in this model without fear! It is attractive and functional, just hope it’s strong and durable.

Great seat if you need something to tuck into a …

 on February 17, 2016
By Joe M
Great seat if you need something to tuck into a closet when not in use. I do wish there was a way to space the wheel further away from my body, but even mounting the wheel in the furthest away position it is just a little closer than I would prefer. It is still very useable though!

Pretty good. Not perfect.

 on December 11, 2017
By Charles Wall
I boldly out a fanatec csw on this. Only issue is the way the wheel pitches up and down.

Great racing seat setup and the added bonus of folding up is key

7 people found this helpful.
 on February 8, 2014
By D. Bowen
After Christmas I decided to make the leap and try to get a good racing setup for the PS3 that I would use with Gran Turismo and the F1 games I have. When I found the Playseat Challenge it seemed like a great fit in that when I wasn’t using the setup it could be folded up and put in a closet (with the wheel and pedals still attached) where as the other setups just had too large of a footprint. The seat itself is great and has quality build components and for a 6′ tall 200 lb man it works just great (though I’ll say it could be easier to get in and out of but that’s minor).

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