Bang and Olufsen introduces Beoplay Portal gaming headphones for Xbox consoles

Bang & Olufsen has waded into uncharted territory with its latest headphones. The Beoplay Portal are its first pair of wi-fi gaming headphones, designed for use with the Xbox circle of relatives of consoles.

If you wish to sport in taste then the Beoplay Portal is a costlier choice to the Xbox Wi-fi Headset.

Priced at £449 / $499 / €499 / DKK 3,749, it boasts the entire hallmarks of a Bang & Olufsen headphone and appears very similar to the just lately introduced (*3*)Beoplay HX. It differs from the HX in that those are headphones are objective constructed for gaming.

The Beoplay Portal had been advanced as a part of the Designed for Xbox program, they usually’re supposed to seamlessly hook up with an Xbox Collection X / S and Xbox One consoles by means of the Xbox Wi-fi protocol. This guarantees the headphones have a top bandwidth, low latency connection to any Xbox console. While you’re no longer gaming, the Portal has a Bluetooth 5.1/USB-C reference to reinforce for aptX Adaptive codec, so you’ll be able to pair it with a PC or cellular software.

B&O claims the Beoplay Portal supplies “a wealthy audio enjoy, handing over a top degree of element and nuance”. Throughout the earcups are two customized 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets that purpose for a loyal copy of sport audio. Dolby Atmos for Headphones could also be supported, so you’ll be able to get that immersive, spacious really feel with video games, films and track that reinforce the structure.


B&O’s (*5*)Adaptive Lively Noise Cancellation era is integrated, utilising each feed-forward and feed-back ANC learn how to cancel out exterior noise. The Beoplay Portal additionally has a digital increase arm that makes use of Directional Beamforming era with its array of microphones to “isolate and enlarge the person’s voice whilst getting rid of background noise”. The purpose is crystal transparent conversations, irrespective of whether or not you’re speaking in your teammates or at the telephone in your pals.

Designed by way of Jakob Wagner in partnership with Bang & Olufsen’s design staff, the Portal is available in three color techniques: Black Anthracite, Gray Mist, and Military. The glance lives up to make use of of fine quality fabrics with the earpads crafted from lambskin-wrapped reminiscence foam, the earcups boasting touch-sensitive aluminium discs and headscarf padding coated in a bamboo fibre textile selected for its sturdiness and breathability – mainly it gets rid of the sensation of force at the head. At 282g they’re lovely light-weight, supreme in the event you’re gaming for hours upon hours.

Battery lifestyles is as much as 24 hours with Bluetooth and ANC engaged, or 12 when the Xbox Wi-fi, Bluetooth and ANC are used. Settings may also be tweaked within the Bang & Olufsen app, which has been up to date to incorporate the brand new Gaming Mode. That mode introduces explicit options for players, together with microphone optimization and sport/chat stability. When attached to an Xbox console or PC (by means of a dongle or USB-C connection), Gaming Mode is routinely engaged. The wi-fi dongle is bought one at a time.

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal is to be had in its Black Anthracite in america/Canada from March thirtieth, and can be completely bought at Bang & Olufsen, Highest Purchase and – for a restricted time – the Microsoft Retailer. For the remainder of the sector, the Beoplay Portal is going on sale April twenty ninth at Bang & Olufsen, on-line, and in choose shops. Glance out for our overview of the Beoplay Portal within the coming days.