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Panasonic plays to long-session gamers with immersive neckband speaker

Panasonic plays to long-sessio...
The SC-GN01 wearable speaker system is the result of a collaboration between Panasonic and game developer Square Enix
The SC-GN01 wearable speaker system is the result of a collaboration between Panasonic and game developer Square Enix
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The SC-GN01 wearable speaker system is the result of a collaboration between Panasonic and game developer Square Enix
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The SC-GN01 wearable speaker system is the result of a collaboration between Panasonic and game developer Square Enix
The SC-GN01 wearable speaker system offers three different gaming sound profiles
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The SC-GN01 wearable speaker system offers three different gaming sound profiles
The SC-GN01 unit is worn around the neck and rests on the shoulders for long-haul comfort
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The SC-GN01 unit is worn around the neck and rests on the shoulders for long-haul comfort
The SC-GN01 rocks four full-range speakers for the promise of a "vast sound field"
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The SC-GN01 rocks four full-range speakers for the promise of a "vast sound field"
There's a sound mode for role-playing worlds, one for first-person shooters, and another that focuses on dialog clarity
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There's a sound mode for role-playing worlds, one for first-person shooters, and another that focuses on dialog clarity
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Panasonic has joined forces with Japanese game developer Square Enix to launch a neckband speaker specifically for gamers at Gamescom 2021, which offers surround-sound, immersive listening without needing to plug in headphones.

Though headphones can get you much closer to the sounds of battle than, say, external speakers, gamers in for the long haul can suffer pinch and heat problems after a while. Panasonic's SoundSlayer Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker System, the SC-GN01, are worn around the neck and rest on the shoulders, so should present no such comfort issues.

The SC-GN01 rocks four full-range speakers for the promise of a "vast sound field"
The SC-GN01 rocks four full-range speakers for the promise of a "vast sound field"

The 244-g (8.6-oz) unit envelops the user in a sweet spot of "realistic surround sound" using four strategically placed full-range speakers rocking neodymium magnets and a "high-performance signal processor." It's not wireless, and will need to be powered over USB, with cabled audio connections to consoles, computers and such like via 3.5-mm jack or USB, depending on the gaming device used.

Three sound profiles designed specifically for gamers are cooked in, with noise- and echo-canceling dual MEMS microphones also included for clear, natural comms. One sound mode is best suited to role-playing environments like Final Fantasy XIV Online, a FPS (first-person shooter) profile promises "accurate audio location so users can hear subtle sounds, such as footsteps," and the Voice option makes for dialog clarity during such things as adventure gaming.

There's a sound mode for role-playing worlds, one for first-person shooters, and another that focuses on dialog clarity
There's a sound mode for role-playing worlds, one for first-person shooters, and another that focuses on dialog clarity

Panasonic hasn't forgotten other user groups though, and has also included a mode for music lovers, and another for movie watchers.

The SoundSlayer Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker System goes on sale in October. US pricing has not been revealed as yet, but as a general guide, Sony's similarly game-centric wearable speaker is priced at US$174.99. The video below has more.

SC-GN01: Level up your gaming experience with immersive 3D Sound from 4 channel speakers

Product page: SC-GN01

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paul314
Nice for the gamer, not so nice for the people around them...
Oirinth
blue tooth headphones with a built mic already exist and start at about 1/10 the price ... and they're less likely to annoy the people around you