Last summer we learned that Bang & Olufsen (B&O) was working with Xbox on its gaming audio debut. While the announcement was enough to spark excitement among fans of the luxury brand Scandi, we have heard little about the partnership since. So far, that is. Today, seemingly out of the blue, B&O’s Beoplay Portal gaming headset landed online at the company’s site and at retailers such as Best Buy and the Microsoft Store. As you might expect, headphones don’t come cheap. In fact, at $ 499, they cost the same as an Xbox Series X – the console they’re designed to work seamlessly with. A pairing button lets you connect to the X series, S series, Xbox One, or PC through an Xbox wireless adapter.
For that price, you also get features like active noise cancellation (ANC), game audio mode, and spatial sound thanks to Dolby Atmos support. Of course, you can get the same virtual surround sound for a lot less over the $ 100. Xbox Wireless Headset, which is also designed to work with the Xbox wireless protocol. But Beoplay portals are more like high-end headphones, mainly thanks to their aluminum headphones and large memory foam pads wrapped in lambskin. With Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II headphones, the new headphones are clearly aimed at gamers looking to fork out for high-end accessories.
Like other headphones from B&O. The Portal works with the Bang & Olufsen app to let you tinker with audio presets. In this case, you can optimize the audio balance of microphone, game and chat. There is also an “Own Voice” feature for voice monitoring which combines with ANC to block out background noise. Notably, portals replace a boom mic for a “virtual boom arm” which B&O says can enable “crystal clear conversations.”
The headphones can allegedly last up to 12 hours per charge when connected via Bluetooth and Xbox wireless protocol, and up to 24 hours if using Bluetooth and ANC. While the portals are currently available in black, two new colors (gray and navy blue) are expected on April 29. While their arrival may seem abrupt, an eagle-eyed B&O fan has actually shared news of their existence on Reddit yesterday after receiving a product brief. There you go, they are now available for purchase.