The unique offering of dual excellence in gaming and everyday use - which brought Beoplay Portal to market originally - still stands strong, whilst the addition of increased connectivity, a new wireless dongle, and improved battery life of up to 42 hours ensures that Portal is the ultimate one-product audio solution, designed for life.
"Since its launch in March 2021 Beoplay Portal has become a highly awarded product, opening the doors to a new group of consumers for Bang & Olufsen. The new edition targets more platforms to strengthen our ties with the gaming community, and means we can welcome more people into the B&O family" says Dorte Vestergaard, Bang & Olufsen's Category Director: "The combination of supreme sound, unparalleled style, and seamless connectivity makes Portal the ideal solution for the consumer who wants all use-cases covered in one headset. We are excited to be building on the initial success and continue our expansion within gaming".
Upgraded for gaming, designed for life
Whether gaming on PlayStation, PC or mobile, the new edition of Beoplay Portal now caters to all personal preferences with a rich audio experience and stylish design to match. The array of beamforming microphones isolates and amplifies the user's voice while cancelling out background noise - creating a Virtual Boom Arm experience that eliminates the need for a physical one. This in turn means that whilst Portal's gaming uses are unlimited, the headphones can also be worn for everyday listening and activities. This edition of Beoplay Portal offers a significant increase in battery life, providing up to 42 hours of continuous playtime using Bluetooth and Active Noise Cancellation (+18 hours); or 19 hours of wireless playtime with Active Noise Cancellation (+7 hours).
Offering wireless 2.4 GHz connectivity for PC and PlayStation, the all-new Beoplay Portal edition expands in capabilities, and becomes the ultimate audio solution across the most popular gaming platforms globally. With dual-audio streaming, Portal is designed for simple and sophisticated connectivity - whether gaming, listening to music, or on calls. The introduction of a new wireless dongle allows for faster connection across PC, PlayStation or any other USB-C input device, with a seamless transition between wireless and wired usage. As mobile gaming expands its prevalence in the market, Beoplay Portal is also designed to cater for these users with Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX Adaptive technology for on-the-go gaming.
Superior sound experience
Tuned by Bang & Olufsen's acclaimed acousticians, Beoplay Portal provides a rich audio experience, delivering a high level of detail and nuance. Two custom-designed 40 mm drivers with neodymium magnets ensure a precise and faithful acoustic reproduction. And with Dolby Atmos for Headphones, Beoplay Portal also offers virtualised surround sound, adding layers of depth and texture to games, movies, and music.
The sound performance of Beoplay Portal is further enhanced by a new generation of Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation technology. Using a combination of feed-forward ANC and feed-back ANC, Beoplay Portal allows users to fully immerse themselves, enjoying every detail even in noisy environments. The addition of Own Voice enables users to hear their own voices while cancelling out external sounds, providing the focus, and details that each gaming experience deserves.
Designed by Jakob Wagner in partnership with Bang & Olufsen's design team, Beoplay Portal is available in three attractive colourways: Black Anthracite, Grey Mist, and Navy. The earcups feature touch sensitive aluminium discs with a stunning gradient effect, produced using a proprietary anodization technique.
Designed for extended wear, Beoplay Portal features jaw-supporting earpads which are crafted from lambskin-wrapped memory foam. There is a subtle protrusion on the rear of each cushion, which conforms to the shape of the user's head, enhancing comfort and eliminating sound leakage. The inner headband features offset padding designed to relieve pressure on the top of the head. This padding is covered with a high-quality bamboo fibre textile, which was chosen for its durability and breathability. And weighing in at a mere 279 grams, Beoplay Portal headphones are among the lightest in the wireless headphone category, making them ideal for hours of continuous use.
Pricing & availability
Beoplay Portal PC PS (499 USD / 499 EUR / 449 GBP / 3,749 DKK) will be available in Black Anthracite, Grey Mist and Navy globally at Bang & Olufsen, online, and in select retailers starting February 17.