At the beginning of the month, Philips Hue announced it, and now, according to official statements on various social media platforms, the time has come. Although there is still nothing to be read in the release notes, which are never updated very quickly – it should, however, be possible to use the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box with a refresh rate of 120 hertz with the latest firmware update.
In addition to the many new products and the launch of the new Spotify integration, Philips Hue has even more in store today. Not only are there two more new features for the Philips Hue app, but there’s also an update promise for the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box that will especially please PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners.
With the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, our favourite manufacturer launched an exciting new product two years ago, which was supplemented last autumn by the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip. The perfect combination to be able to offer something like Ambilight on any TV with external sources. There is only one problem with the whole thing: the “Hue Ambilight” is only three-sided.
Two products are especially popular in combination with the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box: the Philips Hue LightStrip Plus and the Philips Hue Play Lightbar. Both can be easily attached to the back of the TV thanks to the double-sided adhesive device.
In a press release around yesterday’s update Signify writes: “The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box now also reacts to common infrared TV remotes or the Logitech Harmony universal remote control”. Especially regarding the Harmony integration I have received countless questions in the past hours. Therefore, I want to create a little guide today.
Actually, this should have been the case by the end of 2019, but finally there is a highly official announcement and probably an update soon: the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box finally gets further improvements. First and foremost concern is the connection to infrared remote controls.
The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is a popular topic at the moment. I’m also working intensively on this matter and I’m really impressed by the box’ actual idea – even though the price is more or less outrageous. But one thing is clear: the end of the line hasn’t been reached yet, Signify will provide the small box with numerous updates in the future.
I’ve had the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box installed in my home for about two weeks now but I haven’t really used it often yet. For now, I have some answers to reader requests and my questions, directly from the Philips Hue headquarters in Eindhoven. HDMI Sync Box is not an Ambilight substitute With Ambilight, Philips integrated great technology into its TV sets many years ago.
I wanted to share my comprehensive test report about the new HDMI Sync Box from Philips Hue with you until today at the latest. With a price of just under 250 Euros, the entertainment device is anything but a cheap affair, so you’ll want to inform yourself thoroughly beforehand. Now I have to inform you: the test report won’t be published soon because I’m still disappointed with the HDMI Sync Box.
Since its introduction in mid-September, there’s been a lot of discussion about the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. Especially regarding its price, the discussion has heated up quite fast and quite a lot. But until I was able to form my own opinion at home – unfortunately I don’t have access to the necessary app for the control unit at the moment – we just want to hide the 249,99 Euro.