Bang & Olufsen unveils $499 Beoplay Portal headset for Xbox

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal (Image credit: Bang & Olufsen)

Bang & Olufsen has announced the Beoplay Portal, its first wireless gaming headset, designed in partnership with Microsoft for its Xbox consoles. The high-end cans double down on high-end audio, featuring full-fledged active noise cancellation (ANC) and a sophisticated metallic design. They're not cheap, clocking in at a $499 U.S. launch price, but look poised to deliver a new premium option in console gaming audio.

The defining trait of the Beoplay Portal, separating it from other high-end ANC headphones, comes with integrated Xbox Wireless connectivity. That plays with Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One out of the box, with seamless pairing on the consoles. It also has integrated Bluetooth, like the newly launched Xbox Wireless Headset, and a 3.5mm jack, allowing for use with PCs and mobiles.

Bang & Olufsen first teased an upcoming Xbox product back in 2020, described as a "new audio proposition catered for the high-end segment in [gaming]," now materializing as the Beoplay Portal. From aluminum earcups to lambskin leather pads, high-end construction looks to justify its steep asking price, targeting an oft-overlooked tier in the growing gaming audio space.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal

Source: Bang & Olufsen (Image credit: Source: Bang & Olufsen)

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal

Source: Bang & Olufsen (Image credit: Source: Bang & Olufsen)

You can expect 40mm drivers with onboard ANC, and when factoring in customary Dolby Atmos support, expectations are set high. Other defining specifications include up to 12 hours of battery life with each charge over Xbox Wireless or doubled to 24 hours when exclusively hooked up through Bluetooth.

Swipe to scroll horizontally
CategoryBeoplay Portal
Speaker size40mm
Battery LifeUp to 24 hour battery life over Bluetooth
Up to 12 hour battery life over Xbox Wireless
ConnectionXbox Wireless, Bluetooth 5.1, 3.5mm
Microphone"Virtual boom-arm"
CompatibilityXbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC, mobile devices
ColorsBlack Anthracite, Navy, Grey Mist
In the boxBeoplay Portal, USB-C charging cable

The Beoplay Portal headphones launch in three colorways, Black Anthracite, Navy, and Grey Mist, coupled with a three-year warranty from the Danish manufacturer. Preorders are expected to open imminently for April 28 availability, with store pages steadily emerging across the globe.

Gaming audio continues to grow, with many of the best Xbox Series X|S headsets delivering impressive audio and increasingly affordable prices. Bang & Olufsen takes a fresh approach with a new high-end tier, somewhat untouched by top players in gaming headsets.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • At $500, they better sounds amazing. Not as much forgiveness compared to a $99 set.
  • 1. What is a "virtual boom arm" microphone? That sounds like an oddity that should definitely be covered in the article. 2. I'm (literally) not buying that it's doing something special at $500. I'd be curious to find out how it compares to the Arctis Pro, probably the top gaming headset, with regards to high-end audio. ANC is definitely a feature that works as an advantageous selling point, but I don't see it as anywhere near enough. Much like the Surface Headphones, this seems like an impossible sell job against the competition that's going to have more experience in the market and price tags $200 (or more) below this asking price.
  • Hmmm
    Virtual boom arm for crystal clear conversations
    An array of beam-forming microphones isolate and amplify users voice while cancelling out background noise – creating a virtual boom arm that eliminates the need for a traditional gaming boom arm. EDIT: Well that link was meant to go to accessories portal.
  • It's B&O.
    Everything they do is expensive.
    Their customers are those that see nothing wrong with "if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it".
    Their TVs run US$6000-17,000.
    Their entry level 48" tv is $ 6000. At $500 they're actually slumming. 😉
  • You could buy an Xbox Series X for $499...
  • But these headphones you can actually find.
    4 Months and counting.
  • You can find them easily, they cost $800 or more on eBay.
  • And you open the box to find...? A brick?
    Nope. That's rife for scams.
    I'll buy from MS, AMAZON, WALMART, or B&M.
    At proper List Price.
    In the meantime I'll get by with the OneX.
  • $500 for some headphones is not crazy. $500 for these headphones? Probably crazy.
  • B&O makes some amazing cans. You don't think they're worthy of making $500 headphones
  • I'll stick with my Lucid soundz LS50X more bang for your buck I mean $500 and it doesn't even have bluetooth and xb audio mixing that is just subpar.
  • These do have bluetooth. In fact, it has pretty much all the features of the LS50X and doesn't need a dongle. I love my LucidSound LS50X but it's not perfect. The mic is awful. And it's not that comfortable. the only possible flaw I see in these B&O is since it doesn't have a boom, there is no mic light to let you know if you're muted or not. When I game, I'm constantly flipping between mute and unmuted because sometimes you don't want people to hear things you say or do.
  • Yea they do have bluetooth but it doesn't have the audio mixing like the LS50X you can only use xb wireless or Bluetooth not both at the same time. As for your mic issues on the LS50x did you update the firmware? Might fix some things.
  • You can use both, its an official feature, try reading more on the headset
  • That price is mental.