Panasonic has teamed up with Square Enix for a lucrative acquisition, which included the SoundSlayer Final Fantasy 14 wearable gaming speaker. I mean by wearable, this thin little gadget slips right around your neck and provides an audio experience that is quite horrifying given the fact that it all feels illogical.
We are often used to thin headsets and fancy gadgets to enhance our favourite hobby, either by improved audio, flashier visuals, or simply ways to show how much we just truly love gaming. This neck speaker probably belongs to the latter category, given it isnt something you would bring to a party or want to wear by friends and family due to the fact that the general design and practicality is unavoidable.
I''ve been quite enthused by the Panasonic neck speaker since being introduced into my PS5 for a variety of applications so long as they have a protocol of USB connectivity and compatibility for similar devices. Suddenly, all sound was being blasted through the speaker around my neck with a clarity I didn''t expect. So even casual players can pick this up and not feel overwhelmed - if they can afford it anyway.
It is priced at 199.99 and has similar features to other high-end headsets with enhanced sound quality and compatibility. It looks like the neck speaker is expecting potential purchasers to appreciate the novelty it brings to the table, given it must be strewn around your body like a gamer collar instead of worn more traditional.
The audio is well-known, with maximum volume allowing sessions of Horizon Forbidden West to burst throughout my living room and put my kittens on edge. The contrast between lighter environmental details and distant machines made excellent presentations, while immersive 3D animation enhanced the sense of place games that are so fantastic at expressing. It''s far superior to traditional television, but does not quite match the quality of a similarly priced soundbar.
Unlike a standard headset, it was pleasant to play games for several hours without my ears feeling the pressure, although the long wire coming from my controller or the console itself has left people behind. The SoundSlayer neck speaker has a few awkward remarks, but it is also comfortable and accessible while you walk away. It is also easy to take notes, but it is also powerful and powerful, allowing me to continue using it once it''s been completed.
This package includes three bespoke modes to accommodate different genres. On the surface the differences between these three modes seem rather negligible, but they are designed to include situational awareness and the fast reflexes needed to come out on top. Id suggest using one of the genre modes instead if you prefer.
In some situations, sound may be inconsistent. When playing Horizon Forbidden West or the recently released Soundfall, certain bass heavy elements would come through perfectly, while some distant actors may sound strangely echoey, like they are standing in a tight cave instead of atop a mountain in a wide open environment. Issues such as this can be overlooked with a normal headset or television speakers, but when the noise is encapsulating your surroundings they become harder to forgive.
Given its high asking price and niche appeal, I would not recommend the Final Fantasy 14 SoundSlayer gaming speaker, but those who want an immersive audio experience that doesn''t care about long wires and a lack of bespoke customisation options will find a decent amount to love here.
It''s striking, lightweight, and has the added benefit of being linked to one of the greatest franchises of all time. Yes, its little more than a decal and novelty sound effect, but that''s enough and makes it a must-see for players who wish to use this speaker across all games and platforms.
For the purposes of this review, a sample of the goods was given.