Bang & Olufsen announces new Beoplay Portal for PC, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch
Bang & Olufsen has revealed a new version of the Beoplay Portal, less than a year after the original model launched. Theoretically, the first Beoplay Portal supported most devices via Bluetooth 5.1. However, Bang & Olufsen claimed to have designed the headphones with the Xbox Series S|X in mind.
This year's model changes this with a USB Type-C dongle that allows people to connect the headphones to a PC, PlayStation 5 or a Nintendo Switch. In saying that, the inclusion of a dongle this time around means that the Beoplay Portal could be used with anything that has a USB Type-C port.
Incidentally, the Beoplay Portal supports the Qualcomm aptX Adaptive codec if you plan to connect the headphones using Bluetooth. Additionally, the new Beoplay Portal has double the battery life of its predecessor. Specifically, this year's model should last up to 42 hours with active noise cancellation (ANC) and Bluetooth enabled.
In comparison, Bang & Olufsen rates the headphones for 19 hours of battery life over USB Type-C, a 7-hour improvement on last year's model. Unsurprisingly, Bang & Olufsen continues to promise excellent noise cancellation and sound quality with the Beoplay Portal, which it already sells for US$499 and €499 in the Eurozone.