Philips today announced that it's partnering with Frima Studio to sync its Hue line of lights with Chariot, a co-op platformer game that's available on Xbox One. Chariot will be the first video game that connects to the Philips Hue lighting system, allowing the lights to automatically sync to match scenes in the game.
With over one million downloads worldwide, Chariot is a popular couch co-op platformer with rich, vibrant colours and out-of-this-world graphics and environments. It is now able to control all the Philips Hue lights in the room to reflect in real time what is happening in the game.
Different lights are connected together to create a unique ambiance with hundreds of colours for the ultimate immersion in the game universe. When enemies attack, Hue lights blink red. When colourful plants bloom, their colours are reflected in the room. From subtle shifts to sudden bursts, everything onscreen is reflected in a Hue-enabled space.
Philips is also expanding its partnership with Syfy, introducing a special "light track" that will accompany the premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, coming out on Wednesday, July 22 at 9 p.m.
As with previous Syfy/Hue experiences, those who watch Sharknado 3 will be able to use the Syfy Sync iOS app to connect their lights to the television show. The app works by detecting the sound that's currently playing from the television, changing the lights at the appropriate time to match each scene.
Syfy and Hue have partnered up in the past for Sharknado, Sharknado 2, and the 12 Monkeys television show. If you have a set of Hue lights in your home, it may be worth checking out Sharknado 3 or the new Xbox One game as the ability to sync what's on screen with your lightning system makes for a great immersive experience.
Philips has released several different lighting options for its Hue lineup, but the base system, which includes the bridge that other lights connect to, can be purchased from Apple for $199 or from Amazon for $185.