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Bang & Olufsen plays to win with Beoplay Portal gaming headphones, stylish wireless cans for Xbox

Gaming is getting a style upgrade with the launch of Beoplay Portal, the first wireless gaming headphones from Bang & Olufsen.

Developed as part of the Designed for Xbox program, the headphones are optimised for use with Xbox Series X and Xbox One, using the Xbox Wireless protocol, ensuring a high bandwidth, low latency connection. 

Designed by Jakob Wagner in partnership with Bang & Olufsen’s design team, they’re available in three colours: Black Anthracite, Grey Mist, and Navy, and support for low-latency surround sound and Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation, with Transparency Mode. 

Weighing in at 282 grams, the Beoplay Portal won’t drag you down during an extended gaming session. The earpads are lambskin-wrapped memory foam, while the inner headband features offset padding designed to relieve pressure on the top of the head. Touch-sensitive aluminium discs on the earcups sport a striking gradient effect, using a proprietary anodization technique.

The Beoplay Portal offer support for low-latency surround sound and Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation…

BeoPlay Portal – not your stereotypical gaming headphones

Touch controls built into the side of each. Gesture controls raise and lower the volume, adjust ANC and Transparency Mode, and control music and phone calls.

The cans are also compatible with PC and mobile devices via Bluetooth 5.1, aptX Adaptive, and USB-C.

The headphones feature two custom-designed 40mm drivers , but also work with Dolby Atmos for Headphones, for a more immersive listening experience with games, movies and music.

The Bang & Olufsen app has been updated to include Gaming Mode, which introduces a new set of features, including microphone optimization and game/chat balance. When connected to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One or PC using a dongle or USB-C, Gaming mode is automatically activated. When connected using Bluetooth, the features will adapt to the needs of a traditional headphone, and the app’s user interface will adjust accordingly.

Battery life is rated at 12 hours  using Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth, and Active Noise Cancellation, or 24 hours of continuous playtime using Bluetooth and Active Noise Cancellation.

The Beoplay Portal headphones will sell for £449, and are available from April 29.

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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