Philips Lighting announced its first partnership for Philips Hue Entertainment with Razer, a lifestyle brand for gamers.
The partnership intends to give gamers a new level of spatial immersion. The companies have combined the Philips Hue Entertainment API and tools with the Razer Chroma lighting ecosystem.
According to Philips, gamers will be able to sync their Philips Hue color-capable smart lighting with their Chroma-enabled devices, such as laptops, mice, keyboards, and mousepads. The light effects will enhance their gameplay and content. As part of the immersion, game developers will be able to create lighting effects that change dynamically during gameplay.
Philips Lighting pointed out that gamers can already enjoy such in-game lighting effects when playing “Quake Champions™”, “Overwatch™,” and other popular games. Consumers will need to purchase a Philips Hue V2 bridge and Philips Hue color-capable lights. They will also need the latest Philips Hue app software update to get the full experience.
Philips Hue Functionality Enables Snycing of Light Effects with Gaming
Razer Chroma users will then need to add the Philips Hue functionality using the Razer Synapse 3 software, which is freely available with every compatible Razer device as of January 9, 2018. The Philips Hue capability will reportedly enable the syncing of light effects with games that were created with the Philips Hue and Razer Chroma Link.
Razer Chroma-enabled devices, such as gaming laptops, as well as peripherals and accessories, will light up in parallel to synced Philips Hue lights. The new functionality will create a lighting experience that goes beyond the screen.
“We’re excited about this first integration to bring Philips Hue Entertainment to life for consumers. We have seen high demand from gamers for a richer game-play experience,” said Chris Worp, Business Group Leader Home at Philips Lighting. “Our smart lighting can deliver just that. Philips Hue takes the content beyond the screen and extends it into the living room. For gamers, this ‘surround sound for your eyes’ is incredibly powerful when synced with the Razer Chroma-enabled devices.”
Razer Partnership Gives Gamers Smart Lighting Options Beyond Syncing Lighting with Games
In addition to syncing their smart lighting with their gear, they can select any light setting to provide a perfect ambiance for different activities whether relaxing, hosting friends, or simply surfing the Web.
Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan commented, “This takes gaming immersion to a whole new level that has never been seen before.”