Bang & Olufsen has released its first gaming headset. The Beoplay Portal is ideal for gamers who care about sound quality.
The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal is a wireless gaming headset. It offers a plethora of possibilities. Think ANC (active noise cancelling), the corresponding transparent mode, Dolby Atmos for headphones, playback and hands-free calling. This makes the Portal not only suitable for gaming, but also for watching movies, listening to music and many other everyday listening-related things.
Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay Portal is designed as part of the “Designed for Xbox” program. Which naturally means that the newcomer is effortless to pair with the Xbox Series X/S and the Xbox One via the Xbox Wireless protocol. This achieves a high bandwidth, low latency connection.
Furthermore, the headset is also compatible with Bluetooth 5.1, including aptX Adaptive. Last but not least, a wired connection via USB-C is also an option. Internally, you will find 40 mm drivers. Four microphones are used for ANC and users should be able to hear their own voice while disturbing ambient noise is suppressed.
What is missing is the typical microphone on an arm for gaming headsets. Instead, Bang & Olufsen deploys a “virtual boom arm,” using bidirectional beam forming.
The built-in battery provides up to 24 hours of use when charged, with ANC and via Bluetooth. When using XBox Wireless, that time drops to 12 hours. Available in three colors (Anthracite, Grey Mist and Navy) starting April 29 at a cost of €499.