Gamescom isn’t just about software, and to prove this point, Panasonic has teamed up with Square Enix to produce the SC-GN01 SoundSlayer Portable Immersive Gaming Speaker System (WIGSS). “A portable speaker? – I hear you ask. Yes, I would describe it as a soft collar containing four speakers and two noise and echo canceling microphones. It also offers several presentation modes covering games, music and cinema.
Panasonic has worked closely with Square Enix, who contributed sound profiles for games, with their expertise in games such as Final Fantasy XIV Online. You will find three game modes, namely; RPG mode offering immersive reality and intensity, FPS mode that focuses on positional audio, and voice mode designed for clarity of speech in adventure games. Outside of games, there are modes designed for enjoying music and for cinematic experiences. As mentioned in the intro, the speaker system is complemented by two microphones, which is a good overall substitute for a gaming headset, for example.
Panasonic says that to harness the best possible sound quality from the SoundSlayer portable speaker, it has designed the True MAGESS (Majestic Augmented Gaming Environment Sound System). This uses a “high performance signal processor for premium sound” and makes the most of the range and position provided by the four neodymium speakers.
So far, the SoundSlayer looks pretty appealing, but perhaps its most obvious USP is that it’s not headphones. You might prefer this laptop for a number of reasons; more realistic and natural surround sound, no ear or head clamping pressure, no ear obstruction and / or cooler head and ears. Panasonic claims to have spent considerable time analyzing human body data to ensure that the SoundSlayer is comfortable for users, even for extended sessions.
I do not have details on pricing or availability at the time of writing.