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During the pre-driver’s license portion of our youth, a favorite past time around the office was getting after a racing game when stuck at a birthday party at Nicklecade. Full seat, wheel, pedal setup, and cake. You remember.
Nowadays, an entirely new era of racing games exists. They are designed to be more challenging and to simulate real-life road scenarios more than ever. The technology of gaming consoles and PC’s and the peripherals that can be attached to them has evolved as well. Depending on how hard you game and how much space, time, and money you have, you can get something as simple as a racing wheel and pedals hooked up to a stand or you can ball-out and own a fully customized, multi-screen setup, with a legit racing seat hooked up to a hydraulic motion system, all in the comfort of your own home. This is real you guys, and thanks to our homies around the industry and over at Codemasters, we get to have the ultimate gaming experience with our own set up in our San Francisco office.
We’ll start with the throne. Our friends over at Playseat created the La-Z-Boy of racing chairs for gamers to get in the zone. This sim-race seat has an uber comfortable race style inspired chair, draped in Alcantara. The strong and lightweight frame system has the ability to hold most popular steering wheel and pedal setups.
Next up, a very crucial piece of our system and makes the entire setup that much more pimpin’ - the Logitech G27 wheel and pedal set that we ordered from our friends at Newegg. The G27 has a leather wrapped wheel, steel pedals, and a dual motor force-feedback system to help simulate traction loss and road feel. The aluminum paddle shifters help you pull off ridiculously fast shifts like an F1 driver.
Lastly, we couldn’t skimp on sound. What rig wouldn’t be complete without a good audio system so you can hear that engine roaring, your tires about to lose traction, and your opponents (hopefully not you) sliding into the gravel and into the wall? So, of course we outfitted our setup with the new Skullcandy Gaming PLYR 1 Wireless Headset (available in June.) The Supreme Sound and Dolby 7.1 Surround help to complete the lifelike immersion and elevate your gaming experience to a whole new level.
Now, if you thought that was cool, you should see what our friends over at Codemasters have at their studio. This is the kind of set up gear-head gamers dream of. The straight up insane Vesaro 1 Level 9 Quad Motion Rig.
Designed to fully immerse you in the race, the triple display combines with a Cobra Evolution Pro Vesaro Signature bucket racing seat hooked up to a Thrustmaster Buttkicker Advance Tactile Feedback System and 4 actuator DBOX motion physics system. What does that mean? This motion rig simulates every bump in the road, shakes you as you trade paint and throws you around in crashes. It’s the closest sensation you’ll get to driving ridiculous cars at eye-watering speeds without breaking the law or signing a death waiver. This rig costs thousands of dollars but delivers such a superior simulation that as well as taking it on the road so fans can get a taste of the action, they also use it to get feedback on handling from pro-drivers including Formula One stars and Gymkhana legend, Ken Block.