The Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition ticks just about every box for a freestanding racing seat. It’s rock solid, comfortable for long sessions and stood up to the stresses of a high torque direct drive wheel with ease.
the good bits
Rock solid frame
Superb build quality
Comfortable sling seat
the not so good bits
Large, fixed footprint
Adjustments can be fiddly
Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition Racing Seat
There’ll come a point as you progress through your sim racing career where bolting a racing wheel to your desk or that trusty £6 IKEA coffee table just doesn’t cut it anymore. When that time comes a racing cockpit is the logical next step and it’s something like the Playseat Trophy that might catch your eye.
There’s a couple of options to choose from, the standard version of the Playseat Trophy arrived first and just a few months later we welcomed this, the Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition. Launched alongside Logitech’s debut direct drive racing wheel the G Pro, the Trophy is a standalone racing cockpit with a unique seat and spec sheet that seems to tick all the boxes.
$599/£529 is a top end price tag though, particularly when you factor in the Logitech G Pro Wheel and Pedals it was designed for will set you back another £1,350, so will the Playseat Trophy set you up for a Grand Prix trophy of your own?
The Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition starts with a bit of a magic trick. The box it arrives in looks nowhere near big enough to house a full-size racing cockpit with an integrated seat, wheeldeck and pedal tray and yet like a bunch of flowers out of a top hat, there it is. I laid everything out flat before starting the build and counted just eleven pieces that needed slotting together to form the Trophy’s steel frame.
With only a handful of parts to piece together, building the Playseat Trophy G Edition proved a simple task. Even tackling it solo there was only half an hour or so between box and race so if you’ve ever put together a flatpack wardrobe you’ll have no problems here. The glossy printed instructions in the box are simple to follow and honestly with so few components you could probably work it out blind anyway.
Direct drive wheels are capable of generating a remarkable amount of force, Logitech’s G Pro racing wheel for example churns out up to 11Nm of torque and all that energy is going to be flowing straight through the frame. It’s comforting then to see the lengths Playseat has gone to to make sure the Trophy Logitech G Edition can handle the pressure.
The welds are clean and chunky and each connection is secured with up to six Allen bolts each. That felt like a lot and in truth it probably is overkill but it’s also a hallmark of quality that Playseat refuses to compromise on. All the bolts and tools you need are included in the box, as well as a pair of white cotton gloves, very classy.
The final piece of the puzzle is also the most unique. Rather than a traditional seat, the Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition features what is essentially a racing hammock. It’s not a solid, formed unit but instead a sleeve that slides over and forms around the outer frame. It’s a tight squeeze in places but the sleeve slipped on without much fuss. A heads up though, ignore the instructions here as what the illustration shows doesn’t line up with the actual design. Go with your gut when it comes to strapping it down.
Playseat launched the standard version of the Trophy racing seat at the beginning of 2022 and a year down the line the Logitech G Edition makes only minor visual changes. The powder-coated finish of the frame becomes glossy grey rather than the matte black of the original, and there’s new flashes of G blue and some bonus Logi logos along the frame too.
I’m popping my architects hat on for a minute. While other racing seats take their inspiration from brutalism with squared off edges, the curves and flowing lines of the Trophy’s frame feel noticeably less industrial and more living room friendly. There’s not a pointed corner in sight, instead everything is smooth and rounded which offers a far more modern vibe. You’ll need to find plenty of floorspace though as at 1m wide and 1.5m long it’s a dominating footprint that takes up a surprising amount of floor space – even more so when paired with the Logitech G Pro pedals which stick out an extra few inches.
The Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition may be large, but it’s not heavy. The steel and aluminium mix frame weighs just 17kg which defies its appearance. The only downside is there’s no obvious point to lift it from but I found it slid happily across multiple floor types so shouldn’t be hard to steer off to the side when needed.
There’s a load of different ways you’re able to tune in the G Edition Trophy to your liking, but I was disappointed in how awkward this proved at times. It’s probably the one frustration I have with the seat as a whole, it’s a faff to take advantage of the number of adjustment points Playseat has built in. The distance from seat to pedal tray for example extends steplessly by around six inches. That’s good, but it takes fiddling with eight Allen bolts and four vanity panels to get there, that’s bad. Plus you’ll need to tighten each of those up again before sitting down and checking it’s the right size.
If you’re a solo racer this is likely a one time annoyance, invest some time in getting it dialled in and hope you don’t get much taller. For shared situations though a lack of quick release options is a real oversight. The pedal tray has a far better idea, a handful of Logitech G Blue thumbscrews allow quick changes through a range of different positions and it would have been nice to see a similar solution implemented throughout.
This is a universally compatible cockpit with a full suite of predrilled holes in the base of the wheeldeck and pedal tray to welcome wheels from a range of manufacturers. Of course being the Logitech G Edition there’s a specific focus on the G Pro and you’ll find white highlights around some homes to guide you to the right ones for Logitech wheels, nice touch.
I’ve got a couple of racing wheels for my Xbox Series X, the Logitech G920 and the newer, direct drive Logitech G Pro. I tested the Playseat Trophy with both but focused most of my testing around the 11nm torque of the G Pro. After all, if it can handle that, it’s going to take anything less in its stride.
Firing up F1 23 it only took a few laps to decide Playseat and Logitech have nailed it with the G Edition Trophy. From lap one to the finish line this is as comfortable and stable an experience as you could ask for. While it’s a team effort, a lot of the praise goes to the Playseat Trophy’s unique frameless seat, the hammock. It conforms around your body to almost welcome you into the rig, letting you absorb those lateral movements as you wrestle with a high speed chicane. The lack of a rigid, pre-moulded seat should also make this a pretty universal experience for racers of all shapes and sizes. It’s a great solution that I can see other manufactures taking inspiration from in future.
The back of the Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition features two adjustable support straps that I found added a surprisingly noticeable boost in comfort. The lumbar strap in particular feels great as you push into it under heavy braking, and they can both be adjusted up and down or removed all together.
In racing conditions, the Playseat Trophy is rock solid. Across a number of hours spent in F1 23, GRID and Forza Horizon 5 the Trophy never blinked. Under the full force of a direct drive wheel I expected the wheeldeck to loosen slightly over time and need touching up, but it seemed just as secure after a few hours as it did when I first attached it. Particularly impressive when faced with the 11nm of torque from the Logitech G Pro.
The Playseat Trophy’s base never budged either, even used on a high pile rug, I always felt the whole frame was locked in underneath me. This was a real litmus test of value for me, as with cheaper wheel frames I’ve used in the past you’re constantly battling with keeping the wheel in front of you. That’s not only annoying but also an immersion breaker. Of course I’m not actually in the RB19 at Monza, but I don’t need my rig constantly reminding me of that. Thankfully that’s not the case with the Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition and after a few laps I was fully in the zone, until I was in the gravel of course.
Welcoming the Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition into your digital garage is milestone moment. Upgrading to something like this is an indicator all the in game assists are now gone and you’re looking to take your sim racing seriously. And it is an upgrade because almost across the board it’s very, very good.
You’d hope it would be of course because $599/£529 is a lot to add on top of the cost of a high spec racing wheel but the experience speaks for itself. The Playseat Trophy takes a clever design, nails the build and delivers a supremely comfortable result.
I’d hesitate to say the chair made me a better racer, but it certainly made sim racing more enjoyable and I’ve completed more laps since getting it than I did with my cheap eBay frame. Ultimately it’s a very easy cockpit to recommend, if you can stomach the cost and you’ve got the floorspace, the Playseat Trophy Logitech G Edition is hard to beat.