Philips goes for the party crowd with Hue Entertainment at CES 2018

Alex Kidman 11 January 2018 NEWS

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A free update to the Philips Hue app will create immersive lightscapes for gaming, music and movies.

At CES 2018, Philips has announced its plans for its Philips Hue lighting system, with a solid focus on lighting up your entertainment world. Software updates will allow for automatic scripted coloured lighting sequences to accompany games, movies and musical entertainment under what Philips calls "Hue Entertainment".

Philips had already enabled the ability for owners of Hue lightbulbs to synchronise with their entertainment choices if they also had the V2 Philips Hue Bridge, announcing at CES that it had signed up Razer (who had a host of its own CES announcements) as the first official partner so that owners of Chroma gaming peripherals could light up their Hue bulbs.

This year, Philips will also release Hue Sync, a Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra app that will allow users to create immediate light scripts for any content played on their PC or Mac. If your Hue usage and control is more mobile-based, there's also a version 3.0 update coming to the iOS and Android apps with interface enhancements, rapid access to previously used lighting scenes and simple grouping of bulbs for mass colour changes.

The Hue Sync update is due to appear sometime in the second quarter of 2018, as is the update to the iOS and Android apps. Philips also announced new outdoor Hue lightbulbs, set to appear in (northern hemisphere) summer 2018, with pricing still to be determined.

For more from CES 2018, check out our CES 2018 news hub.

Alex Kidman travelled to CES 2018 as a guest of Samsung.

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