The box that synchronizes Philips Hue lamps with what’s on your TV is getting a major update today: it now supports two major HDR standards: HDR10 + and Dolby Vision.
At launch, the long-named Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box was able to analyze content played up to 4K at 60Hz, but it only supported standard HDR10. For people with newer TVs or who are serious about home theater, it can be a big miss, as the HDR10 + standard and Dolby Vision are now more common and offer better picture quality. Until now, the box has only done nothing when the higher quality signals went through.
Today’s update also adds voice control to the sync pane through Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, so you can turn it on or off, switch HDMI inputs and more. It can now also support controls from infrared TV remote controls and Logitech’s Universal Harmony remote control.
Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box retails for $ 230, but it seems to be running out of a number of stores, including the Philips Hue website.