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Philips Hue Sync Adds a new Level of Immersion to Games and Movies

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If you’re looking to enhance the immersion of your home entertainment system, take a look at the new Philips Hue Sync system. The new app allows users to perfectly synchronize the Philips Hue smart lighting in their homes with the games, videos and music being played on their Windows 10 or macOS (Sierra and later) computers. It’s amazingly simple to setup and the effects are just down right impressive.

The app works by syncing the colors of certain quadrants of your screen to the lights in your home. You can set which lights in your house adapt to each quadrant (like bottom left and bottom right in the picture above). This app uses an overlay system, which means gamers will have one more overlay to deal with (like Steam, Origin, or NVIDIA) but this one is rather unique. Once setup is complete, the Hue Sync app can be used with a simple press of a button. Simply select your desired Audio, Video or Gaming mode within the control panel, and you can sync your lights to the entertainment content playing on your computer.

You can also tailor your lighting experience in a moment’s notice. The software allows you to set your desired brightness level and change the speed in which your lights are changing alongside the content. Users can also select between Subtle, Moderate, High, and Intense modes. When you are listening to music, you can choose from several different color palettes to match the genre. For example, subtle, pastel colors play nicely with softer tunes, while brighter, bolder tones might be better suited for rock and dance music. A sunset in a movie can make a sunset in your home, and the lands of Skyrim can glow on the wall behind your monitor. Beauty belongs to the Nords!

The lights shown in the picture above are the Philips Hue Go series, available on Amazon.com, which also have a battery that allows them to be placed on tables, or taken outside during a party.

Philips Hue Sync can be enjoyed on your computer and laptop, as well as on your television, by streaming the content played on the computer via AirPlay to an Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Miracast and HDMI.

“Following several entertainment pilots, we’ve refined the way lighting can be used with games, music and video. Philips Hue Sync offers a unique way to simply match light effects to consumers’ content in a fast and synchronized way, delivering an engaging, immersive experience,” said Jasper Vervoort, Head of Marketing and Product Management, Home Systems and Luminaires at Signify. “By working with leading players in the entertainment industry, we can take this even further. The premiere music video from Disney’s DCappella band, “Immortals,” demonstrates the power of a perfect sync.”

Signify collaborated with Disney Music Group to showcase Philips Hue Sync’s immersive capabilities with the highly anticipated, premiere music video from the new a cappella singing sensation, DCappella. The group performs the track, “Immortals,” which was featured in Disney’s OscarĀ®-winning animated film, “Big Hero 6.” As part of the collaboration, fans can enjoy the new video in a 360-degree experience.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the team working on Philips Hue Sync with this 360-degree video, to showcase this next-level engagement with music video content. This technology enhances the vibrant color spectrum of DCappella’s ‘Immortals’ music video and brings their amazing voices to life in a brilliant sensory experience, available today in your home,” said Rob Souriall, Vice President, Global Partnership Marketing at Disney Music Group.