Microsoft surprised the consumer electronics world Tuesday by introducing new noise-canceling headphones at an event in New York City that come with eight microphones for voice calls over Bluetooth or asking Cortana for some help.
The Surface Headphones will cost $349 and be available in the U.S. this fall, according to a deep-dive review from CNET that published as the event was unfolding in New York. If you’ve seen a pair of Bose or Beats by Apple headphones, you’ll be familiar with Surface Headphones, which sit over the ear and will work with Windows, iOS, MacOS, or Android devices, according to the review.
In a blog post published after the event, Microsoft chief product officer Panos Panay said “we built Surface Headphones to complete the Surface experience.” Yet they’ll still work across multiple devices, as noted above, and will test Microsoft’s mettle in a new product category, the first consumer one it has entered in several years.
[Editor’s Note: This post was updated as more information became available, and to correct CNET’s one-dollar inflation of the price of the Surface Headphones.]