Xbox is upping the ante when it comes to premium devices with the unveiling of the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal Headphones priced at $499. Bang & Olufsen are known for producing high-quality audio equipment, and it would be no surprise to see them create great headphones for gaming. The Beoplay Portal Headphones are a part of the Designed for Xbox Limited Series program.
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The Beoplay Portal Headphones will work well with the Xbox ecosystem devices, as they pair with a push of the sync button. The headphones feature Xbox Wireless Protocol, meaning they will connect directly with your Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC with Xbox wireless adapter. Furthermore, they support Bluetooth 5.1 connection, so connecting to your mobile device is just as seamless. Additionally, both Xbox Wireless Protocol and Bluetooth 5.1 connection can be used simultaneously, so if you are playing Halo 5 on your Xbox, you can receive and take phone calls without having to stop playing your game.
With a price tag of $499, the Beoplay Portal Headphones also feature active noise-cancellation, up to 24 hours of battery life, and the ability to control the audio on the headset itself or the Bang & Olufsen app. Bang & Olufsen takes a different approach with the microphone as it is a virtual boom arm. The company claims it is created to amplify your voice while canceled out background noise using beam-forming technology.
The Beoplay Portal Headphones will also come with a pre-activated Dolby Atmos for Headphones service, which will take your gaming experience to the next level.
The headphones are made up of high-quality material to help justify the pricing. In conjunction with Jakob Wagner, Bang & Olufsen created a gaming headset with gradient anodization on the aluminum ear cups, lambskin ear cushions, and fiber textile on the inside band. Additionally, the company could get these premium headphones at just 9.9 ounces, weighing in less than the Xbox Wireless Headphones which are 11 ounces made by Xbox themself.
The headphones come in three colors, Black Anthracite, Grey Mist, and Navy Brass. The Black Anthracite is available to purchase today, while the Grey Mist and Navy brass are available for Pre-order and ships in May.