While they offer a “sophisticated aesthetic and can be used in all situations”, they also provide easy access to game features such as custom game / chat balance, mute and volume on the headset itself or from the Bang & Olufsen audio app.
Designed to easily connect to the Xbox Series X / S or Xbox One with the 2.4HGz Xbox Wireless connection without loss, they are also compatible with gaming PCs and mobile devices with Bluetooth 5.1 and aptX Adaptive.
Charging takes only 3 hours, and Beoplay Portal offers “12 hours of battery life when using Xbox wireless, Bluetooth and active noise reduction, and 24 hours when using only Bluetooth and active noise reduction.”The virtual boom arm provides “reliable microphone performance without the intrusive design of a physical boom arm” that can amplify your voice while removing background noise.
The aforementioned Bang & Olufsen app is available on iOS and Android phones and allows the user to “quickly switch between preset game modes, such as RPG or FPS, adjust adaptive active noise reduction, microphone monitoring, microphone tone and game / chat balancing . “
As far as design goes, Beoplay Portal combines “Scandinavian design values with the gaming world.” These over-the-ear headphones are designed by Jakob Wagner in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen’s design team, and have lambskin ear pads for good sound insulation and completely immersive sound.
They also have calfskin on the outer headband with bamboo fiber fabric on the inside, and the pillows on top of the headband help prevent fatigue and headaches during prolonged use.These more expensive headphones give Xbox fans a new option to go with the less expensive Xbox Wireless Headset unveiled earlier this month.
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