The Philips Hue Sync box that lets you sync Philips Hue lights to the action on-screen now works with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ content. The update also adds support for voice assistants.
Philips Hue Sync Box updated
The 'Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box' was launched in February 2019 but at the time it lacked support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+, meaning that it could not produce any light effects from a HDMI signal with Dolby Vision or HDR10+ passed through it.
The latest update adds just that.
- "From now onwards you can enjoy synchronized surround lighting effects from your Philips Hue lights when watching Dolby Vision or HDR10+ content with compatible TVs," the company announced.
Not all devices are compatible
However, be aware that not all TVs and playback devices are supported, seemingly due to variances in Dolby Vision profiles. A list of compatible devices is included in the table at the bottom.
The software update also adds support for popular voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri. This lets you power on/off, start or stop light sync, switch HDMI, and switch between sync modes via voice commands to an external compatible device.
Lastly, the box can now be configured to work with infrared commands from your TV remote control or Harmony universal remote.
The software update is free and can be installed via the Hue Sync mobile app.
The Philips Hue HDMI Sync is available for 230 dollars in the US and 250 Euro in Europe from meethue.com.
TV models that support Dolby Vision from these brands have been tested:
LG - Only 2017 and later
Sony - All
Vizio - All
TCL - 2018 and later
Panasonic - All
Philips - All
The following HDMI Sources that support Dolby Vision have been tested:
Apple TV 4K - Yes
FireTV 4K - Yes
Chromecast Ultra - Yes
Nvidia Shield (2019 models) - Yes
Xbox One S/X (only apps) - Yes
Blu-ray players - No