Product photos appeared on Amazon almost exactly 11 months ago. And not of an existing product, but of an alleged Philips Hue play HDMI Sync Box 8K. Not much has happened since then. What about the successor to the Sync Box released in 2019?
People keep asking about it and there are always the same comments on social networks: “Someone was just having fun with Photoshop.” I think this is highly unlikely for several reasons.
Philips Hue Play HMDI Sync Box 8K gets a customised design
Let's take a look at the official product image. Below you can see the previously available Sync Box on the left and the image of the alleged 8K version on the right. Not only the product name has been changed, but also the entire design of the packaging, the form factor of the packaging and the Sync Box itself has been given a customised look. Nobody does this “for fun” with Photoshop.
A second product image that has already surfaced also reveals changes that are completely understandable. The previous Sync Box was supplied with a power supply unit with three ports so that two Play Lightbars could be connected in addition to the box itself. The Play Gradient Lightstrip with the same connection only came onto the market a year later and requires with up to 20 watts so much power that it should not be connected together with the Sync Box. With the new generation of the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, Philips Hue has therefore limited itself to a power supply unit with just one connection.
Old version of the Sync Box to be sold out first
Before the new Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box 8K with support for HDMI 2.1 and 4K at 120 hertz is launched on the market, I understand that the current generation will first be sold in its entirety. In some countries, the box can no longer be ordered from the Philips Hue online shop; in the USA, for example, it says “Temporarily out of stock”.
I also have several indications that the 8K version of the Hue Sync Box has actually been developed and that the sales launch is only a matter of time. However, I am not yet aware of exactly when this will be the case.
The competition is leading the way: Govee HDMI 2.1 Sync Box unveiled
At this week's CES in Las Vegas, another manufacturer has already shown the way. Govee has announced its HDMI 2.1 Sync Box. Here too, four HDMI devices can be connected and resolutions of up to 8K are supported. Console gaming at 4K and 120 Hertz is also no problem for the Govee HDMI 2.1 Sync Box. According to the manufacturer, the new box will be released in the first half of 2024 and will be available with a light strip for 55 to 65-inch televisions and also as a customised version for PC monitors.
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