The Hue Play HDMI Sync Box yearns to be the epicentre of your Philips Hue-powered home theatre experience. This device comes equipped with four HDMI ports, allowing native connections to set-top boxes, streaming devices, Blu-Ray or DVD players, and gaming consoles.
The entire lighting experience is controlled by the Philips Hue Sync Mobile app that is expected to launch alongside the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box in October. With just a few taps, you will have complete control over the granular features you’ve come to expect from Philips Hue, such as brightness levels, speed, and intensity of effects, and you can even choose your own default startup settings.
The HDMI Sync Box itself is set to automatically switch to whichever video input is active, while the dedicated Hue Sync mobile app lets you switch between presets, as well as tinker with brightness and intensity settings. You’ll also be able to assign presets to particular video sources, handy for boosting the syncing intensity for your games while (if you wish) keeping your Hue lights a little more subtle for movies.
Your colour capable Philips Hue lights make explosions come alive, add magic to your favourite fairy tales and sync lights to music, all through the new Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. Plugin your product and open the dedicated Philips Hue Sync mobile app to add this essential device to your Hue ecosystem for an amazing entertainment experience. Personalise settings via the app, and see how your Philips Hue lights come to life and match whatever you’re watching, playing or listening to. With the ability to connect with as many as ten Philips Hue colour capable lights, Philips Hue turns your living room in a cinema.
With static TV bias lighting, which neither changes colour nor syncs to the picture, the idea is to subtly boost the apparent contrast of the picture while also relieving eye strain, all without distorting the image or distracting you from the content at hand.
For starters, up to 10 colour-capable Philips Hue lights can be connected at one time, giving you complete control over the sheer quantity and quality of your home theatre experience. This also means that, unlike the Hue Play light bar, your lighting options aren’t limited to whatever bulbs came installed on the device; you’ll be able to upgrade your bulbs or fixtures over time as Philips perfects their Hue offerings.
The four HDMI ports on the back are built on version 2.0 architecture with HDCP 2.2 support, which means a Hue Play HDMI Sync Box will drive a 4K Ultra HD television running at 60 frames per second and 12-bit colour depth — more than enough leverage for the average home theatre.
Finally, the four HDMI ports on the back ensure seamless channel switching on the fly, empowering you to alter the atmosphere of your viewing experience simply by flipping through your connected devices.
“People love to escape the pressures of everyday life by getting lost in their entertainment,” said Jasper Vervoort, Business Leader, Home Systems & Luminaires, Philips Hue at Signify. “We are proud to present the new Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box and give them a simple way to make that possible. Philips Hue users can now easily connect the colour-capable lights in their room with their home entertainment systems, taking their movie- and TV-watching, listening and gaming experience to a completely new level.”