Archive - November 2023

Panasonic Australia introduces new SoundSlayer™ wearable gaming speaker

In time for Christmas, Panasonic has unveiled the GNW10 SoundSlayerTM, a wearable gaming speaker that allows players to immerse themselves in play to experience the real emotion of gaming. The GNW10’s lightweight, ergonomic design incorporates 4-channel speakers, wireless connectivity, and clear AI voice control to deliver an exciting, realistic sensory experience with comfort whether you’re going solo or playing with friends. The LED lights incorporated into the GNW10’s housing also add a dash of atmosphere and colour to gameplay.

Fifi Tjiong, Product Marketing Manager – AV, Panasonic, said: “The GNW10 SoundSlayerTM delivers an immersive audio soundscape and intense gaming experience, along with crystal-clear communication. It’s combined with an ergonomic design that removes pressure on ears and the head, so you can play hard in comfort.”

The GNW10 package combines a wireless, neck-mounted wearable gaming speaker and a separate wireless transmitter. Simply connecting the transmitter to a PC or console via a USB cable creates a wireless connection to the wearable gaming speaker. Compatible with Windows 10/11 PCs, PS4/PS5 consoles, and the Nintendo Switch (TV mode only), the GNW10 also supports subwoofer output for a more powerful soundscape.

GNW10 SoundSlayerTM: $RRP $449
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Immersive 3D sound from 4 speakers

Incorporating four newly developed 38mm speakers arranged from front to back, the GNW10 creates realistic sounds from all directions, immersing the player in a deep, layered soundscape[i]. The new 130cc housing – 60 percent larger than the current SC-GN01 Wearable Immersive Gaming Speaker System – delivers even more acoustic pressure and substantially more powerful bass for even more immersion.

Compared to conventional headphones which deliver dialogue, music, sound effects, and voice communication through only two channels – left and right – thus restricting the depth and intensity of the sensory experience, the GNW10 is a major step forward for gamers.
PC users can download and install the dedicated Sound Slayer™ app for intuitive, easy configuring of multiple functions, including for equaliser, chat volume, and sound mode; and save up to three different presets.

Furthermore, the GNW10 offers multiple audio modes tailored to enhance game play, ensuring optimal quality for any type of game you choose.

Role-Playing Game[ii] mode – Ideal for role-playing games. This mode creates a sense of reality and intensity, as if you were inside the game’s virtual world.

First-Person Shooter[iii] 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[iv] games.

Voice mode – Enhances human voices, ideal for adventure games[v], where clear dialogue can provide important clues.

A light, comfortable design without pressure on ears, hair or glasses

The GNW10 is designed for comfort even after long hours of energetic game play. Panasonic’s designers began by eliminating the discomfort from contact pressure around the ear and top of the head that is common with over-the-ear headphones. They then identified points of fatigue and discomfort related to neck-mounted devices to create an ergonomic housing that avoids contact with the clavicle and does not place a burden on the trapezius muscles. The result is a lightweight body and exceptionally comfortable fit.

The GNW10 adds a robust wireless connection to allow more freedom of movement and an immersive, latency-free gaming experience. Panasonic’s proprietary wireless technology can transmit 6-channel audio signals on a dedicated 2.4GHz band with a latency of less than 20 milliseconds, providing stress-free and comfortable play even in FPS games with demanding audio latency requirements. Button placement has been optimised for easy operation, the intuitive layout and functional button shape allowing you to communicate with your co-op partners without losing focus on the game.

AI voice control for clean, clear communication

In the heat of an epic boss fight or silently stalking in stealth mode, the GNW10 will ensure that your friends and co-op partners will never miss a word. Microphones on both sides of the housing make sure that you can still be heard regardless of which direction your head is turned.

The GNW10 introduces AI voice control by Intelligo Technology, Inc., offering superior noise-cancelling performance that eliminates ambient noise and ensures that your co-op partners will only hear your voice. Clean and clear communication makes it feel like you’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder with your gaming friends.

[i] Real surround sound is available for PC only; for consoles virtual surround sound is used.
[ii] Role-Playing Game: A video game genre in which players adopt the roles of imaginary characters in an adventure.
[iii] First-Person Shooter: A 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.
[iv] A video game genre in which the player assumes a perspective view of the character, typically positioning the camera over the shoulder of the player.
[v] A video game genre characterised by investigation, exploration, puzzle-solving and interactions with game characters, and a focus on narrative rather than reflex-based challenges.