We knew the B&O Headphones coming for the Xbox Series consoles would be high-end, and now we know just how “high-end” they meant.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Headphones represent the premiere experience for those looking for the best quality, officially licensed headphones for their Xbox console or PC.
Beoplay Portal combines Scandinavian design values with the world of gaming. Designed by Jakob Wagner in partnership with Bang & Olufsen’s design team, contemporary design aesthetics can be seen in features like gradient anodization on the aluminum earcups, unparalleled craftsmanship and quality materials. The lambskin ear cushions with built-in jaw support ensure great sound isolation and fully immersive audio. Chosen for durability and breathability, the Beoplay Portal features calfskin leather on the exterior headband with bamboo fiber textile on the inside band, and the cushions on top of the headband relieve any sort of fatigue you might find from long-term wear. The headset is extremely lightweight, at only 9.9 ounces (282 grams), making it ideal for gaming and travel.
There are a lot of features here including long-battery life, a smartphone app that works in conjunction with the headphones for settings and equalization, active noise-cancellation, and more.
Beoplay Portal has a sophisticated aesthetic and can be used in any situation, while offering easy access to dedicated gaming features. Customize the game/chat balance, mute, and volume directly on the headset itself or from the Bang & Olufsen audio app. You can easily connect to your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One with lossless 2.4GHz Xbox Wireless connectivity built in. Beoplay Portal is also compatible with PC and mobile devices with Bluetooth 5.1 and aptX Adaptive, allowing you to take immersive audio on the go. Charging is quick and gets you back in the game within 3 hours. Beoplay Portal offers 12 hours of battery life when using Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth and active noise-cancellation, and 24 hours when only using Bluetooth and active-noise cancellation.
You can find more details on the new Beoplay Portal Headphones via the official Xbox Blog. The black model is available beginning today with two additional color options shipping in May.
While these will clearly be out of the price range for many people, we do applaud Xbox for giving players the option of going higher-end with their experience. B&O makes quality products and we’re sure these headphones are a treat to behold. Whether or not they are worth $500 in terms of audio is yet to be determined however.