Panasonic announced updates to its SoundSlayer wearable gaming speaker system.
The device fits around the player’s neck and rests on the shoulders.
The original SoundSlayer was introduced in 2021 but was wired to the gaming device making it more constricting.
The new version connects via a small transmitter that plugs into your console and broadcasts using Panasonic’s own 2.4GHz wireless protocol that offers less latency than traditional Bluetooth.
The device offers yet another layer of immersive gameplay by allowing a range and depth of sound not possible with traditional headphones.
The SoundSlayer comes with four speakers and six different sound modes that can be tailored to different types of gameplay such as first-person shooter, or dialogue-intense games.
The device is about 60% larger than the last version but this provides more space for bass speakers and a larger range of sounds.
The multiple speakers provide the ability to separate out dialog from sound effects and make it much more realistic for players who have grown accustomed to all the sounds being pumped through a single speaker.
It will also appeal to players who grow tired of having to wear headphones or earbuds and the Panasonic redesign focuses heavily on the comfortable design.
Panasonic has embedded an AI sound processor from Intelligo Technology which improves noise cancellation and echo cancellation to make certain teammates only hear the voice of the player.
The SoundSlayer competes with other wearable speakers from Sony and Bose.
Panasonic says the SoundSlayer will be available in October and cost $299.