If I were to pick the single most impressive feature of the Obutto oZone Gaming Cockpit, it would definitely be the seating. We simmers like to play long sessions, and without a comfortable place to park your carcass, you’ll be tired out well before the flight or race is over. I don’t know how Obutto manages to include such a comfortable, fore and aft adjustable, reclining sports car seat in their product. Okay, the manufacturing cost is lower in Beijing, but still…
When I first contacted Chris, I asked what the weight and height maximum was for the cockpit. He told me, and it’s on the Obutto web site, that he has customers who are 6’5″ and 300 pounds. At 6’2″, 240 pounds (okay, I’m dieting) a 48″ chest and size 12 hooves, its the first thing I checked.
Again, referring back to many of the popular units at E3, most of them had seats that were so narrow and the legroom so cramped, I thought it was a lost cause.
The image below is a view looking towards the back of the seat. The first step is to insert the bolts up from the bottom of the seat, then mount the back frame section to the seat. I was unsure which slots/holes should be used, so an email to Chris resolved the problem.
Note the handle on the left to adjust the reclining back. The U-shaped bar in the front works the fore and aft seat movement.
Check this out. The acrylic tabletop sits in the background with its protective plastic covering still affixed.
The front and back frame sections are bolted together with 4 stout carriage bolts, washers, lock washers, and nuts. The reinforced top bolts are where the flight sim centered joystick connects. Note the flat surface behind the upper bolts.
Lots to look at in this image below. Note the L-shaped mounts and the optional positioning holes along the frame rail, the car track rails and bar for fore and aft movement. The side bolsters to the lower seat cushion is very evident here.
Here’s the completed basic assembly.
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