I’am a huge fan of racing games and the only thing I really want was to experience the game without using the console’s standard controller. I already have Logitech’s G27 racing wheel for quite some time now but without a “racing seat”, that magnificent piece of hardware is useless. Playseat currently is the “de facto standard” when it comes to racing seats and I’ve been eyeing on Playseat’s Evolution racing cockpit since early last year. The main problem here is my living room is not that big enough to fit something that size and it seems the only way to experience the thrill of racing games inside a racing cockpit is to get a bigger house instead (which is obviously a very unrealistic solution :P).“Playseat currently is the “de facto standard” when it comes to racing seats…”
Then one day, I just randomly visited our local gaming store to check for any new games when i spotted this foldable racing cockpit. The best part of it was the foldable racing cockpit was also manufactured by Playseat themselves. I was so hyped when I saw it and asked the store manager if it’s available for purchase – and yes it is! Also, for some reason, I was totally unaware that the 6th installment of Gran Turismo is out so it’s like that day was really planned for me which is just freaking great. I asked how much it is combined with the Gran Turismo game, paid for it, and headed home with excitement.“You can adjust just about everything here including the inclination of the seat, the distance of the pedals, and the position and level of the racing wheel.”
The cockpit is called the “Playseat Challenge” and the product’s main target are gamers with small entertainment rooms like me. The Playseat Challenge is so easy to setup. The manual is pretty straightforward with very clear illustrations on how to assemble and prepare the cockpit. It is made with durable materials and is pretty stable and solid once you hop into it. The cockpit is also fully customizable like a regular racing seat. You can adjust just about everything here including the inclination of the seat, the distance of the pedals (just in case you have a long legs), and the position and level of the racing wheel. This Playseat Challenge is super comfortable once you tweaked it to your personla preference.“The problem with Playseat’s Challenge is it doesn’t include any mounts for the shifter stick…”
Of course, for Playseat, everything is business and I’ll tell you the most disappointing aspect of this product. The G27 racing wheel by Logitech is one of the best racing wheels around. It comes with all the necessary hardware to simulate real driving while playing a racing game. The problem with Playseat’s Challenge is it doesn’t include any mounts for the shifter stick (or anything you want to call it). I don’t play using automatic transmission and I always play on manual with clutch. This is a huge game changer for a lot of racing enthusiasts. The truth is, Playseat Challenge actually has a shifter mount, the problem is you have to pay for it as a separate product. It’s not a good move by Playseat in my opinion.
“So how come in your pictures, the shifter is attached?” – Well, I did a couple of DIY (do it yourself) and improvisations here which I’ll detail maybe on a separate post. But to put it simply, I basically visited an aluminum and glass shop near our place, asked for a piece of solid almost square shaped aluminum, painted it black, and attached it on the Playseat Challenge. This aluminum plate serves as a “mount” for the shifter stick. It’s pretty solid and I can basically shift comfortably. Only disadvantage of this solution was it’s not adjustable and the setup is mostly catered to my own personal preferences.“So if you’re problem is space and you want to experience racing games inside a racing cockpit – then the Playseat Challenge is your answer.”
Still, this is a very awesome product. A very great idea indeed by Playseat. So if you’re problem is space and you want to experience racing games inside a racing cockpit – then the Playseat Challenge is your answer. You can buy it for roughly $250 on Amazon. Obviously, you’ll have to buy Logitech’s G27 separately ;) Enjoy the rest of the pics!