Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box syncs your Hue lights with your TV for $230
What you need to know
- The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box will sync your color-capable Hue lights with your TV for $230.
- It supports 4K 60Hz HDR with 4 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output.
- Pre-orders begin today at meethue.com and Best Buy, but the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box won't officially launch until October 15.
Philips Hue, the makers of Hue smart lighting system, just announced the home theater upgrade we've all been wanting — or at least the one I've been wanting. The new Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is an HDMI hub that syncs your Hue lights to whatever is on your TV.
This isn't the first time Philips has toyed with this idea. Philips created the Ambilight TVs to splash some color on the walls behind your TV years ago, along with a partnership with Syfy to sync your Hue lights with Sharknado and 12 Monkeys back in 2014.
However, that turned out to require using "light scripts" where someone had to actually manually program the lights' reactions to the media you were playing. That's not exactly a flexible or affordable solution.
Enter the Hue Play HDMI Sync with four HDMI inputs which allow you to plug in your cable box, Blu-ray player, game console, or streaming box and pass the signal to your TV. Once it is all connected, the Hue Play Box will interpret the content being passed onto your TV and sync up to 10 color-changing Hue bulbs.
This will create a more immersive experience, incorporating your entire room into your watching experience. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box even includes an app with the ability to customize the experience. The Philips Hue Sync Mobile app will allow you to control the brightness as well as the speed and intensity of the lighting effects.
There is some good news and bad news though when it comes to HDR support. The Philips Hue Sync Play HDMI supports 4K 60Hz and HDR10, but it won't support syncing lights with HDR+ or Dolby Vision. However, it will still pass the signal to your TV allowing you to watch content in HDR+ and Dolby Vision.
You can pre-order the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box starting today from meethue.com or Best Buy for $230. It will be in stores and begin shipping starting October 15.
Home theater lighting
Smart lighting meats home theater.
The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is the ultimate way to integrate your lighting with your home theater. By using this HDMI hub, you'll be able to sync your Hue color-changing bulbs with whatever you are watching on TV.
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If you're watching your content on a PC, I'm already able to get my Hue lights to reflect TV content using ScreenBloom.
I've been wanting something that would make the lights match what's going on on the TV from the Nintendo Switch. (Specifically for 8 player Smash nights!) $230 USD means that it'll be prohibitively expensive in CND. (I could see myself dropping 150 for this but not more.) I'll also have to wait to see what the lag is like for gaming, because that's when I could see this being the most worthwhile..