25th August, 2021 – Panasonic is excited to announce the SC-GN01 Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker System (WIGSS) at Gamescom 2021.
Thanks to the ergonomic design that you wear on your shoulders, you can comfortably enjoy realistic surround sound from the speakers arranged in all directions while playing a game. Furthermore, like the HTB01 gaming speaker that was released last year, the GN01 was designed in collaboration with SQUARE ENIX and specifically for gamers, and it offers a vast sound field and three different gaming sound modes to enhance consumers’ playing experiences.
The GN01 offers a high-fidelity sound field which enhances game audio and provides a truly realistic journey within the game world. The GN01 is optimised for use with FINAL FANTASY XIV Online, the critically acclaimed MMORPG*3 from SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd. and provides an unparalleled audio experience within the world of Hydaelyn.
The GN01 is equipped with three sound modes expertly created through joint development with the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online sound team, allowing users to fully enjoy immersive gameplay.
The GN01 reflects Panasonic’s commitment to serious gamers, joining the ground-breaking HTB01 gaming speaker launched last year, which was also designed in collaboration with SQUARE ENIX®. Additionally, Panasonic’s 2021 TV line-up introduces the new Game Mode Extreme on models such as the JX940 LED TV, providing supreme low-latency gaming performance and supporting HDMI 2.1 HFR, VRR and AMD FreeSync Premium.
Three Gaming Sound Modes
Great sound, whatever the style of play
GN01 is equipped with three distinct gaming sound modes:
- Role-Playing Game mode
- First-Person Shooter mode
- Voice mode
Role-Playing Game*4 mode - Ideal for role-playing games and optimised for FINAL FANTASY XIV Online. This mode creates a sense of reality and intensity—as if they were inside of the game’s virtual world.
First-person Shooter*5 mode - Provides accurate audio location which allows users to hear subtle sounds such as footsteps, giving players the advantage in first-person shooter and third-person shooter*6 games.
Voice mode - Enhances human voices and further contributes to the immersive experience. Recommended for adventure games*7, where clear dialogue can provide important clues.
Switching between the three modes depending on the game being play will create an experience filled with intensity, tension and a high level of reality.
It also features a Music mode and Cinema mode so you can enjoy a realistic viewing experience with content other than games.
Furthermore, by equipping a high-performance noise and echo cancelling dual microphone, it allows you to chat clearly with other players without being disturbed by the powerful surround sound.
Sound Quality Designed for Gamers
Immersive sound, thanks to the latest audio technologies
The GN01 features a wearable design that encapsulates the original sound technology, True MAGESS (Majestic Augmented Gaming Environment Sound System) with 4-channel full-range speakers. Panasonic offers a high-quality gaming speaker by combining their original processing technologies:
- True MAGESS (Majestic Augmented Gaming Environment Sound System) – Featuring 4 full-range speakers that deliver high surround sound in all directions around the neck. Neodymium magnets are used for the speakers to accentuate the sharp sounds.
- High-performance signal processor – Up-mixing of 2ch content 4ch with the original signal processing technology. Realistic surround sound is created around the ears. It is also compatible with multi-channel content such as 5.1ch and reproduces it as a more natural surround.
The speaker system and unique processing technology realise a more realistic acoustic field, making the user feel as though they are enveloped by sound in all directions – helping gameplay by placing footsteps, gunfire and other critical sound effects accurately within the soundscape.
Ergonomic Design for Comfort
Powerful immersive sound enclosed in a wearable design
The GN01 is designed to wear on your shoulders, and features optimal speaker placement and signal processing technology, which all help to deliver a rich and powerful sound experience. The shoulder-wearing design allows you to enjoy gameplay for a long period of time without squeezing your ears like headphones.
It features Panasonic’s original housing structure based on the results of human body data analysis that pursues comfort even during extended gameplay.
SC-GN01 Main Feature Summary
Great Sound with Comfortable Design
- Three game-specific audio modes
- True MAGESS (Majestic Augmented Gaming Environment Sound System) with 4-channel full-range speakers
- Original signal processing (up mix/down mix to 4ch)
- High performance noise and echo cancelling dual microphone for chatting
- Ergonomic design for comfortable extended gameplay
NB: Functions, function names, and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Why Use a Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker System?
Enhances the Gaming Experience
Gamers often use headphones for immersive gameplay, which can become uncomfortable after prolonged use. The GN01 allows gamers to play in the same immersive manner without the discomfort of a headset.
A comfortable gaming speaker with great surround sound
The SC-GN01 Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker System (WIGSS) will be available from late September 2021, exclusively through Amazon.
Functions, function names, and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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*1: Developed by Square Enix® Co., Ltd., the critically acclaimed MMORPG FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online takes players on an epic and ever-changing adventure as they explore with friends from around the world and experience all of the hallmarks of the FINAL FANTASY® series. Find out more and sign up for the free trial here: https://sqex.to/FFXIVFreeTrial
*2: Square Enix Ltd. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 163 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST® ,which has sold over 83 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 84 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
*3: Massive multiplayer online role-playing game: any story-driven online video game in which a player, taking on the persona of a character in a virtual or fantasy world, interacts with a large number of other players.
*4: Role-playing game: A type of video game genre in which players adopt the roles of imaginary characters in an adventure.
*5: First-person shooter: A type of video game genre in which the player assumes the field of vision of the character, so that the game camera includes the character's weapon, but the rest of the character model is not seen.
*6: A type of video game genre in which the player assumes a perspective view of the character, typically positioning the camera over the shoulder of the player.
*7: A type of video game genre characterized by investigation, exploration, puzzle-solving and interactions with game characters, and a focus on narrative rather than reflex-based challenges.