Panasonic’s wearable gaming speaker seems like a Fallout bomb collar

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SoundSlayer on 3D model highlighting 360 sound field visualized as waves.

Sounds waves or blast radius?
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Throughout Gamescom, Panasonic added one other gaming sound system to its catalog: a wearable speaker.

The SoundSlayer Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker System, or WIGSS, goes round your neck and sits in your shoulders. It is speculated to carry us the comfort of a headset with out the necessity to cowl our ears or mess up our hair. What it seems like, although, is a type of exploding collars they put on within the Fallout video games. I am unable to assist however really feel just like the advertising and marketing photographs appear like they’re displaying the explosion radius quite than sound waves. 

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The SoundSlayer WIGSS options 4 audio system that blast sound upwards towards your head, offering 360-degree encompass sound. It is speculated to act as a substitute for sporting a headset all day, relieving the stress in your head and ears, which might be particularly unhealthy when you’ve got a decent, on-ear headset. At 244g, the collar is across the weight of most gaming headsets and, in some instances, even lighter. So in the event you ever wore a headset round your neck, it ought to really feel like that. 

Sadly, the WIGSS is not wi-fi, so it will not flip you right into a human boombox at events. There’s a built-in noise-canceling dual-channel microphone so you possibly can chat with teammates with out the sound of your WIGSS bleeding via the mic, not less than in principle. 

I am curious to see how these sound to folks in the identical room who aren’t sporting the speaker collar. In keeping with the press launch, Panasonic desires this speaker to make “avid gamers really feel as if they’re enveloped by sound in all instructions,” which sounds terrifying and likewise form of superior. Generally, although, the purpose of sporting headphones is to keep away from disturbing others, so the relative loudness between the wearer and somebody close by the wearer looks like an necessary issue. 

The crew at Panasonic developed the SoundSlayer WIGGS with Sq. Enix, so one of many three recreation sound modes (“roleplaying” mode) is optimized for Last Fantasy XIV On-line, the identical as its desk-sized SoundSlayer soundbar, which got here out final yr. “First-person shooter” mode focuses on 360 positional audio, and “voice mode” prioritizes dialogue audio over the rest. 

There isn’t any worth but for the SoundSlayer WIGSS, however will probably be out there for buy in October. 

Jorge Jimenez

Jorge is a {hardware} author from the enchanted lands of New Jersey. When he is not filling the workplace with the scent of Pop-Tarts, he is reviewing all types of gaming {hardware} from headsets to recreation pads. He is been masking video games and tech for almost ten years and has written for Dualshockers, WCCFtech, and Tom’s Information.