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How to Set up and Use Philips Hue Entertainment


At CES 2018 Philips announced the release of Hue Entertainment, a game changing feature that will bring a new dynamic to gaming and movies through your lighting. With the release of Hue Sync and entertainment areas, you can now sync your Hue lights with your TV, Xbox or PS4.

How to Set up Hue Entertainment

Hue Entertainment which was due before Christmas has now been released at CES. Limited details have been released so far, however the Hue app has had an update with an ‘Entertainment area’ and you can now sync and combine your Hue lights with Razer products.

To use Hue Entertainment and Hue sync please ensure your Philips Hue app is up-to-date on your phone or tablet. This new feature is only compatible with the 2nd gen bridge, if you are using a first gen bridge, the round one, then these options and features won’t work with your set up.

Setting Up Hue Entertainment for Movies and Gaming

Philips have released an update to their Hue App which now has a Entertainment area, here you can add bulbs and position them in a room allowing the system to know where your bulbs are in relation to your viewing position.

1. Load the Philips Hue app, make sure you have the latest updates.

2. In the app go to ‘Settings’, here you shall find the Entertainment Areas tab.

Setting Up Hue Entertainment

3. On this screen it will show areas you have created, when first doing the click the + icon to set up an area.

4. Now it is time to select the room, you can select multiple rooms if they are in the same area as your gaming set up, or perhaps if you have multiple areas in the same room, which are split by rooms.

Setting Up Hue Entertainment

5. When you have chosen a room you can then tick bulbs and light strips which you want to include in the entertainment area. You can select up to 10 bulbs.

6. Now on this clever screen you can drag the bulbs to the position they are in relation to your screen and seating position.

Setting Up Hue Entertainment

7. Once positioned click ‘test area’ your bulbs will now flash, change color in sync or individually as part of the test. Once complete you are all set up.

Using with Hue Sync

Hue Sync is a app you can download and install on your Windows PC or Mac, it allows you to sync your Hue lights with your screen. For example, watching a youtube video, or Netflix will adjust your lights to match what is going on. The same for playing games or just surfing the web.

Read our Full guide to Hue Sync and download here.

Using Hue Sync on your Mac or PC you can sync Spotify music with your hue lights, gaming, videos or just vernal onscreen browsing.

Hue Entertainment Partners

  • Razer

The hope is to hear announcements of Hue entertainment being incorporated and working with your Playstation, Xbox, Netflix and Amazon. Even Spotify could incorporate this too, there are third party apps you can do but there is already a call for Spotify to include this.

Razer team up with Philips Hue

Philips have announced at CES that they have partnered up with Razer allowing the Hue lights to integrate with Razer Chroma-enabled devices.

Working with device that features Razer Chroma, from Razer Chroma keyboards, gaming controllers, and mice to top end laptops, you can sync and change your hue lights to what is going on, on screen.

Your Philips Hue lights could change to the game you are playing, from flickering bulbs too flashing lights and explosions, or goal celebrations with lighting scenes.

This video from Razer shows what your gaming set up could become!

If you already have razor hardware then check out the games that are already supported and more details on the Razer page below.

In the Philips Press release it said – “To unlock the Philips Hue capability and enjoy richer gaming experiences, consumers require a Philips Hue V2 bridge, Philips Hue color-capable lights and the latest Philips Hue app software update. Razer Chroma users will then simply need to add the Philips Hue functionality via the Razer Synapse 3 software, available for free with every compatible Razer device per January 9 in the afternoon (PST).

This will enable the syncing capability with games that have been designed with the Philips Hue and Razer Chroma Link integration and light effects.”

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Mike is the founder of Hue Home Lighting, a huge Hue fan with far too many lights, covering home and garden. A smart home gadget addict and also enjoys the odd bit of DIY


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  1. Rossie Taylor

    What happen with the update for Philip Hue to sync with your movie and music this was suppose to happen last month.

        • Tundrok

          Yeah… the dead silence on this for nearly 3 months indicates partners are not that interested. I mean, sure, we shouldn’t expect the integration to be complete by many partners but big partners should have at least come forward to say “Hue Entertainment support is coming to ____ in 2018” at the very least. Sounds like this is a dud.


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