CES 2021: Razer has big plans for its future gaming chairs
Forget desks and monitors; Razer's gaming chair concept wants to be your all-in-one entertainment station.
Razer only recently entered the gaming chair market, makings its debut with the Razer Iskur in late 2020. The company already has big plans for the future, revealing during CES 2021 a new concept that it believes will deliver "next-gen immersion" beyond what current gaming chairs offer.
Dubbed Project Brooklyn, the basic pitch is a gaming chair that can transform into an all-in-one entertainment station with just a few adjustments. While the chair is still very much in the conceptual phase, here's how Razer envisions it working:
In its default state, it would look much like your average gaming chair, compact enough to move around and fit into small gaming spaces. When transformed, a flat surface for your mouse and keyboard extends from the 4D armrests and a flexible 60-inch OLED display unfolds from the back of the chair. The display would hang in front of your head, curving to wrap around your entire peripheral vision. This way, the chair would function as a replacement for your desk and monitor/TV, requiring only that you hook it up to your PC or console to start playing.
To bolster immersion, the chair would feature Razer's HyperSense technology which delivers haptic feedback based on positional audio. For example, when enemies are firing at you from the left, the left side of the chair could pump out force feedback in response. The details here are again vague, but Razer is promising richer feedback than previous implementations of HyperSense thanks to the tech being built into the chair from the ground up.
Lastly, as you'd probably expect from a Razer product, the chair would support Razer Chroma RGB lighting on LED strips around the bucket seat and the base of the chair itself.
It's important to note that Project Brooklyn is a concept and may or may not ever make it to market. Even if it does, it's likely still quite a way off. Flexible OLED screen technology is nascent and expensive, and it'll be a few years at least before it comes down in price sufficiently to make a chair like this commercially viable.
That said, we may start to see some of the aforementioned features sooner, appearing in other gaming chairs Razer plans to release in the more-imminent future. Razer representatives confirmed as much to Finder, and I wouldn't be surprised to see HyperSense feedback or the extendable desk surface appear in Razer's next gaming chair.