At this level, gaming has unfold to only about each side of our day by day lives. So why cease at gaming chairs when there are fluffier choices to entertain?
Sure, you learn the headline appropriately. SCUF Gaming, an organization largely identified for its costly customized controllers aimed on the hardcore and eSports crowds, has simply launched a specialised gaming pillow. It’s aimed toward enhancing posture, lowering pressure and eliminating “gamer lean” whereas taking part in.
However actually, gimmicks apart, does it accomplish what it units out to attain? And is it a stable addition to the common gamer’s setup?
Within the field, you get the inflatable EXO SCUF, a useful journey bag for simple storage and a few easy directions. No want for a elaborate air pump right here; a zippered pouch hides a one-way valve that inflates the inside lining of the EXO SCUF with solely 5 or 6 good exhalations. It was type of shocking how little effort it took to explode.
And since the valve is one-way, there’s no rush to cap it off to preserve air as soon as the pillow is rapidly inflated. Issues keep firmly expanded with out a lot effort in any respect, so kudos for ease of set up, so to say. Additionally, urgent the valve button deflates the entire thing is mere seconds.
As soon as inflated, the pillow is able to use. By the way (or not a lot), the EXO is formed like a online game controller. The large controller handles wrap snugly round your sides whereas the majority of the pillow sits comfortably atop your lap, which is after all the place you’ll be resting your arms and arms.
The highest and backside surfaces of the EXO are coated in grey microfiber, which relying in your choice, may very well be an amazing characteristic or one thing that makes you squirm. Both means, it makes for a pleasant grip so the pillow doesn’t slide round throughout gameplay.
The perimeters of the EXO are lined with one thing known as a MOLLE (Modular Light-weight Load-carrying Tools) attachment system, one thing I needed to look as much as outline. I suppose it’s one thing utilized by armed forces and the like, which feels a bit overkill on a gaming pillow, but it surely does help you slip small objects into tiny straps so that they’ll keep linked to you always.
What you connect to the MOLLE system is completely as much as you, I suppose. Melting Popsicle. Cattle prod. Drumstick. Army-grade parachute. A type of wind spinner issues out of your backyard. Your vital different’s finger. Hope. Existential angst. The chances are actually limitless. Discover the area. Actually get in there.
So how does the EXO really feel whereas taking part in video games? Shockingly good, truly. It’s fairly agency and actually does make you sit in another way, which in flip improves your posture. I examined it out on a sofa, however you may simply add this pillow to a desktop gaming setup and see optimistic outcomes.
I’ll admit that it does take some getting used to, particularly in case you have dangerous posture like me. Additionally of observe is the truth that after lengthy play periods, my legs would begin to go a bit numb, however I attribute that largely to the truth that I’m used to resting the controller on my legs and I are inclined to (unknowingly, it seems) push down as I’m gaming. Who knew?
As soon as I began to consciously let up on the strain, the leg issues dissipated. That’s what’s bizarre concerning the EXO—it’s only a pillow, but it surely someway manages to level out the errors in the way you sit. Fairly spectacular, I feel. My solely actual gripe is that the quilt isn’t mechanically cleanable, as I can see it getting fairly dirty over time.
So whereas it initially appeared like a foolish thought, the extra I used the EXO, the extra it turned obvious how essential one of these well being innovation is and continues to be throughout the gaming area. The product itself feels sturdy, it’s a breeze to arrange and appears pretty priced for what it’s.
Certain, you may attempt to get by with a primary pillow from Goal or Walmart, however I feel there’s sufficient widespread sense innovation right here to warrant the funding.
The EXO SCUF is accessible now from SCUF’s web site and choose retailers for $39.99.
Disclaimer: SCUF Gaming supplied evaluation product for protection functions.