Philips Hue Entertainment is a new, captivating functionality that allows you to enjoy a truly immersive home entertainment experience. It synchronizes Philips Hue lights perfectly with gaming, movie and music content. Hue Entertainment works with all Philips Hue color-capable lights and the Philips Hue V2 bridge.
There are limitless possibilities of what you can do with light, including taking your home entertainment, be it gaming, watching movies or listening to music, to the next level. Philips Hue Entertainment delivers a rich lighting and immersive playing/viewing/listening experience to help you enjoy that content even more.
Philips Hue Entertainment is only available for Philips Hue and products from partners within the Friends of Hue program, to ensure seamless integration.
Philips Hue Sync is a free application that will run on any Windows 10 or macOS High Sierrabased computer, in Q2 2018. Philips Hue Sync creates immediate, immersive light scripts for any game, movie or music played on the computer, so consumers can enjoy the content they are playing, watching or listening to even more.
How to Setup
After creating an entertainment area in the Philips Hue app, download and link the Philips Hue Sync app to your Philips Hue V2 bridge. From there, select video, gaming or audio mode. For video and gaming, the app analyses the screen content from your PC or Mac. That content is run through the smart algorithm and brought to life by the lights you have selected to be part of your entertainment area. For audio, the Philips Hue Sync app listens to the track and gathers the input to display dynamic effects to your lights.
I have older Philips Hue color-capable lights (Bloom, Iris, Gen 1 Lightstrip, Gen 1 or 2WACA bulb). Will these work with Philips Hue Entertainment?
Yes, these products will work, but customers should keep in mind that the performance might not be optimal. We recommended using the latest products (White and color ambiance starter kit E26/E7 with richer colors, Philips Hue LightStrip Plus, Philips Hue Go and Philips Hue white and color ambiance BR30 bulb with richer colors) to enjoy the best Philips Hue Entertainment experience.
How many lights will I be able to sync?
You can have up to 10 Philips Hue color-capable lights syncing with your entertainment content.
After the software update, is there specific content I can use?
Content will be made available in collaboration with partners from the entertainment industry. To date, Philips have announced the partnership with Razer, the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers.
What else can I do with Philips Hue Sync?
Philips Hue Sync will offer basic lighting control but should predominantly be used to for entertainment. For all other features, you should use the Philips Hue app.
How does Philips Hue Entertainment functionality work with streaming content?
Depending on the content, the device on which it is running will send commands up to 25 times a second to the new streaming interface on the Philips Hue V2 bridge. This will change the light effects to sync perfectly with your entertainment experience, rather the content you are playing, watching or listening to.
When streaming entertainment, will other Philips Hue features still work within the app?
If your Philips Hue lights have been assigned to Philips Hue Entertainment and are part of the entertainment area currently in use, the lights will not react to other commands. Your other Philips Hue lights (not assigned to your entertainment area in use) will work as they normally do. Once you have finished streaming, the lights in your entertainment area will resume to react on other inputs, e.g. accessories, voice control, etc.
Will this also be integrated on mobile, consoles, TVs, etc?
So far, the Philips Hue Sync capability is for use with any Windows 10 or macOS High Sierra based computer.
Philips Lighting and Razer
Philips Lighting has partnered with Razer, the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers, to enhance and transform the gaming experience with light. Built together with game developers, Philips Hue and Razer integrated the Razer Chroma Link API and the Philips Hue API and EDK to script, sync and build light effects for in-game play and content.
We advise you to use the Razer Chroma hardware (laptop, keyboard, mouse) and the latest Synapse 3 application including the Philips Hue module for the best lighting game experience. In the Philips Hue app, you will be able to create an entertainment area; then, you can link your Razer Chroma devices to Philips Hue via the Synapse 3 and the Philips Hue module.
Does Philips Hue work with all games that Razer Chroma is integrated with?
Right now, Philips have an integration with the games listed below. More are expected to be added soon.
Atlas Reactor, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA2, Orcs Must Die! Unchained, Obduction, Redout, Battlerite, Aven Colony, Dungeon Souls, Rise of Insanity, Quake Champions, Duelyst, JCB Pioneer: Mars, Ruiner, Let Them Come, Battle Chasers: Night War, Starpoint Gemini: Warlords, Pigeon Fight, Pigeon Fight, Project Nimbus, Killing Floor 2, Book of Demons, Archaica: The Path of Light, Freaky Awesome, Holy Potatoes!
Do I need to update my Razer Chroma hardware?
If you have Razer Chroma hardware and Philips Hue color-capable lights and the Philips Hue V2 bridge, you are good to go. Just make sure you have the latest version of the Razer Synapse tool to set up the integration.
If you’re a developer and would like to experiment with Philips Hue Entertainment. Materials, from documentation to links to the SDK, can be found on developer portal:
1. Sign up at https://developers.meethue.com/user/register
2. Access to the Entertainment API documentation is granted upon registration and signing terms and conditions
3. For access to the Entertainment Development Kit (EDK), sign up here:
4. After this, you will be granted access to a Github repository with the EDK
Is Philips Hue Entertainment software ZigBee-standardized?
No, this is a specific, manufactured extension we have added next to ZigBee. It will work in parallel with standard ZigBee to offer the fast, synchronous experience necessary for Philips.
ZigBee is perfectly suited for scene setting and home automation, where multiple lights are infrequently and reliably set to a new setting. ZigBee has limitations if we want to push updates to multiple lights at high frequency; only a certain number of messages can be handled by the network. Our new streaming commands bundle updates for multiple lights in a single inter pan message to overcome this limitation.
We still believe ZigBee is the best protocol for scene setting and home automation. The new streaming command will work in parallel to enable entertainment use cases.
Philips Hue API makes use of HTTP, which guarantees delivery but not timing. For streaming use cases, timing is critical for synchronization. We want to drop messages, which cannot be executed in time. The UDP and DTLS protocol used in HTTP has this behavior, and is ideally suited for secure, highly synchronized, streaming use cases.