Last summer we learned that Bang & Olufsen (B&O) was working with Xbox on their sound debut. While the announcement was enough to arouse excitement among fans of the luxury brand Scandi, we have not heard much about the partnership since. Until now it is. Today, seemingly out of the blue, B & Os landed the Beoplay Portal gaming headset online on the company’s website and through retailers, including Best Buy and the Microsoft Store. As you would expect, the headphones do not come cheap. In fact, they cost $ 499 the same as an Xbox Series X console they are designed to work seamlessly with. A pairing button lets you connect Series X, Series S, Xbox One, or a PC via an Xbox Wireless Adapter.
For that price, you also get features, including active noise reduction (ANC), a game sound mode and spatial sound with support from Dolby Atmos. Of course, you can get the same virtual surround sound for far cheaper on the $ 1
Like B & O’s other headphones. the portal connects to the Bang & Olufsen app to let you tinker with audio presets. In this case, you can optimize the microphone, game and chat sound balance. There is also a “separate voice” feature for voice monitoring that combines with the ANC to block background noise. In particular, the portals are replacing a microphone for a “virtual boom arm” that B&O claims can provide “crystal clear conversations.”
The headphones can reportedly last up to 12 hours per charge when connected via Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless protocol, and up to 24 hours if you use Bluetooth and ANC. While portals are currently available in black, two new colors (gray and navy blue) will arrive on April 29. Although their arrival may seem abrupt, an eagle-eyed B&O fan actually shared news of their existence on Reddit yesterday after receiving product information. See, they are now available for purchase.