Panasonic GN01 personal gaming speaker gets new Final Fantasy makeover

Keep your WIGSS on

by Andy Bassett

The SoundSlayer SC-GN01 wearable gaming speaker adds new Final Fantasy graphics for a distinctive look and is optimised for use with FF XIV Online.

Sporting the wonderful WIGSS (Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker System) product acronym, the GN01 was developed in 2021 in collaboration with the Final Fantasy XIV Online sound team from SQUARE ENIX who provided input to the three sound modes.

That partnership has now progressed with an updated version of the GN01 now resplendent in Final Fantasy XIV Online livery, with iconic sound effects from the game and coming in unique packaging.

When powering on and switching modes, recognisable sound effects from Final Fantasy XIV Online, such as the 'Prelude' melody line, greet the player.

Panasonic GN01 personal gaming speaker gets new Final Fantasy makeover
Panasonic GN01 Final Fantasy XIV Online version

Designed to take the place of desktop speakers or a gaming headset (when privacy perhaps isn’t a requirement, but sound quality and comfort over long playing periods most definitely is), the GN01 is a shoulder-mounted personal speaker that can be connected to almost any gaming device via USB or 3.5mm jack.

Delivering immersive 3D sound from four full range neodymium speakers using True MAGESS (Majestic Augmented Gaming Environment Sound System), the GN01 up-mixes 2ch content to 4ch to create a realistic surround sound experience and is also compatible with multi-channel content.

There are three game-specific audio modes which have been crafted with the assistance of SQUARE ENIX: ‘First-Person Shooter’ provides accurate spatial audio location to hone in on enemies via footsteps and echoes; ‘Voice’ is used to enhance dialogue which is useful for games which rely on dense narratives and where vocal clues and instructions are important; and finally ‘Role-Playing Game’, which is optimised for Final Fantasy XIV Online and creates a sense of reality and intensity as if you were truly inside the game’s virtual world.

The GN01 also includes a Music Mode and Cinema Mode to provide a realistic listening experience for content other than games.

Panasonic GN01 personal gaming speaker gets new Final Fantasy makeover
Panasonic GN01 Final Fantasy XIV Online version

There’s also a high-performance noise and echo cancelling dual microphone for clearer communications with your online friends (and, let's be honest, enemies - you’ll want them to really hear that classic burn!). Moreover, a wired connection with a USB cable has been selected to ensure the best experience possible without having to worry about audio delays.

Designed to be worn around the player’s shoulders, the GN01 weighs only 244g and remains comfortable over long periods of wear, while the optimal speaker placement and signal processing technology delivers a rich and immersive sound experience.

Panasonic SC-GN01 Final Fantasy (£199.99) will be available in Europe from early February.

Source: Panasonic
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