What you need to know
- Razer has announced the Enki Pro HyperSense gaming chair.
- It features a haptic engine with 65,000 haptic variations, and it has tactile feedback of +/- 1 G-Force.
- The chair has native support for over 2,200 games, movies, and music titles that sync in real-time.
- The chair is supposed to be the next level of gaming and media immersion.
Razer is sure making some exciting moves when it comes to gaming chairs. We reviewed the Iskur (one of the best gaming chairs) and recently Enki X, both of which bring refreshing new features and designs to the boring and stagnate chair industry.
Like Chroma (for RGB lighting), HyperSense is Razer's proprietary term for haptic feedback introduced in 2019, and it has been used in various accessories including its Kraken V3 HyperSense headphones.
But now, the company is putting it into a chair: The Enki Pro HyperSense for CES 2022. Yes, this is a chair that vibrates. And it has Chroma RGB, because of course, it does.
Interestingly, Razer teased such a chair back in 2019 CES, where it demoed a working concept. But now, it's a reality.
Razer teamed up with D-BOX for the haptic technology, which sits near the feet in the chair's base.
Why do such a crazy thing? From the PR announcement, Razer notes that the Enki Pro HyperSense delivers "the most authentic, lifelike feedback when gaming, and also integrates a Chroma RGB headrest that allows users to personalize their chair when in use." The chair "physically transforms the experience of games, movies, and music through the use of cutting-edge high-fidelity haptic feedback."
Because of how HyperSense is designed, it just works with over 2,200 games, movies, and music already. They cite popular titles like F1 2021, Forza Horizon 5, and Assassin's Creed Valhalla as examples.
But what if the game isn't supported? That's not a problem, either:
The technology behind the haptics, delivered by D-BOX, sounds (or, ahem, feels) intense:
Of course, we have many questions about this chair, including do you plug it in? How much does it cost? When can we buy one? Will the wife be OK with this?
We're meeting up with Razer soon, so we'll update this article with more info as we get it.
In addition to the Enki Pro HyperSense, Razer is also showing off its radical new concept dubbed "Project Sophia," which is worth your time to check out. We're also still waiting on the "Project Brooklyn" gaming chair to come to market someday.
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