Audio brand Bang & Olufsen has announced a second iteration of its remarkable Beoplay portal wireless gaming headphones – and unlike the originals with which they are compatible PS5 also as Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles so that even more gamers will be able to experience the brand’s high quality sound.
The new Beoplay Portal gaming headset, launched on February 17, retains the fantastic sound quality that the brand is known for, while offering some key improvements over the original headset, in addition to the new PS5 compatibility.
Prices have not yet been announced, but we expect that the new Beoplay Portal gaming headphones will be sold at about the same price as the first pair, which, of course, was not cheap – 499 dollars / 449 pounds.
One of the biggest improvements is battery life: the new model offers 19 hours of wireless operation and up to an impressive 42 hours via Bluetooth with only active noise reduction enabled.
This is a significant improvement over the battery of the first model and compared to the sophisticated Sony WH-1000XM4s, which currently rank first in our best headphones purchase guide.
The new Beoplay Portal headphones also contain some upscale features that you need in an expensive pair of gaming headphones. There is support for aptX, AAC and SBC audio codecs, as well as a low delay 2.4 GHz connection, which will hopefully solve some of the connectivity issues we had with the originals.
You can also use Dolby Atmos to add even more depth and immersion in sound quality, making the headset a reliable choice for both gaming and listening to music. And, like the original pair, we suggest that the new Beoplay Portal gaming headphones should come with a included Dolby Atmos license, which otherwise costs $ 15 / £ 15.
Some features of the original model also remained. The Virtual Boom Arm function returns, giving the user’s voice extra clarity and isolating other background noise.
The new Beoplay Portal gaming headphones retain the same high build quality that made the originals so comfortable, and they were a little lighter – 279 grams, compared to 282 grams.
We look forward to testing the new Beoplay Portal gaming headphones, especially given the aforementioned improvements. In the coming days we will prepare a full review – and a new couple can just try to become one of the best gaming headsets can be bought.