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CES 2022: Panasonic Unveils Final Fantasy XIV Online Immersive Gaming Speakers

January 5, 2022
By Corey Noles

Panasonic has announced the FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online Edition of the Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker (WIGSS) SC-GN01.

Designed in collaboration with SQUARE ENIX® Co., Ltd., this special model comes packaged in a unique box and has both the FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online logo and iconic meteor logo printed directly on the product body.

Players will also love the special sound effects pulled directly from FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online when launching the game and when switching sound modes.

Special Sound Effects

Designed with players in mind, the GN01 includes special sound effects pulled directly from FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online.

Unique “Power On” Sound – Players of FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online will be greeted with the FINAL FANTASY® XIV “Prelude” melody line when powering on the GN01.

Switching Sound Modes – Inspired by FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online’s unique Armory System, the job change sound is played when switching sound modes.

“When FFXIV players hear this sound, they’ll immediately associate it with the act of ‘switching.’ Plus, players hear this sound effect often during gameplay, so switching the sound modes repeatedly recreates a situation similar to what happens in game — I think this makes the choice very effective for an FFXIV collaboration. I’m sure this will drive our players to spam the ‘switch sound mode’ button for no reason!”

Masayoshi Soken – Sound Director and Composer at SQUARE ENIX®

The GN01 offers a high-fidelity sound field that enhances game audio and provides a truly realistic journey within the game world. The GN01 is optimized for use with FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online, the critically acclaimed MMORPG*3 from SQUARE ENIX 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.

“Even when talking about game sounds collectively, the sound design varies greatly depending on the game content.

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 mode – Ideal for role-playing games and optimized for FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online. This mode creates a sense of reality and intensity — as if you were inside of the game’s virtual world.

First-person Shooter mode – Provides accurate spatial audio 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 to provide a truly immersive experience. Recommended for adventure games*7, where clear dialog can provide important clues.

Switching between the three modes depending on the game being played will create an experience filled with intensity, tension, and a high level of reality.

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

Furthermore, by equipping a high-performance noise and echo canceling dual microphone, the GN01 allows you to chat clearly with other players while still enjoying the powerful surround sound of the GN01.

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 by the speakers to create a high-quality listening experience.
  • High-performance signal processor – With our original sound processing technology, the GN01 up-mixes 2ch content to 4ch to create a realistic surround sound experience around the ears. This technology is also compatible with multi-channel content and is able to reproduce it as natural sounding surround sound experience.

The GN01 speaker system and unique processing technology create 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.

Wired specifications for minimizing sound delays

Comfortable gameplay with less delay

With an emphasis on eliminating sound delays, a wired connection with a USB cable was chosen to ensure the best experience possible. Many game consoles enable connections with a single USB cable, so you can play without worrying about delays in various game-playing environments.

Ergonomic Design for Comfort

Powerful immersive sound enclosed in a wearable design

The GN01 was designed to be worn on your shoulders and features optimal speaker placement and signal processing technology to deliver a rich and powerful sound experience. The shoulder-wearing design allows you to enjoy long gameplay sessions without the fatigue that comes from over-ear headphones squeezing your ears.

The GN01 features Panasonic’s original housing structure based on the results of human body data analysis that pursues comfort even during extended gameplay.

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