What if your gaming chair was also a DualShock controller? That’s the question the Cooler Master Synk X haptics gaming chair hopes to answer.
The concept behind it is simple. The Synk X turns game (and, presumably, movie) audio into vibration. The point is to deepen a user’s involvement in whatever entertainment experience they’re immersed in. Of course, this also means that you need to either a) charge or b) plug in your gaming chair in order to use it. Still…
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The Cooler Master Synk X is being punted as a cross-platform haptics chair. Since it connects to a source via Bluetooth, that claim is very accurate. You could use it to augment a podcast (Batman Unburied is a good place to start) if you wanted to. But PCs and game consoles are also on the list of supported devices.
The Synk X features a built-in battery because the last thing you need is to roll over a cable at a crucial moment. It’s a 5,200mAh battery with a six-hour charge time, so you should probably do it overnight. That should provide up to eight hours of music playback and up to four hours if you’ve got the bass effects cranked.
The company doesn’t actually explain which internal features turn audio into a rumble, however. “Ultra-low latency conversion of sound waves into vibrations” is the only explanation Cooler Master offers as to how its tech works.
But it’s also a fully-working gaming chair with all the leaning and adjustment possibilities that designation implies. A control interface on the side of the chair offers audio settings, including inputs, volume for headphones, and hosts the battery charge indicator.
And if you want one, they’re available for pre-order in South Africa. Expect to pay R23,500 for access to one of these chairs. Also expect to wait until April 2023 for it to arrive.