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Philips 'would love' to get Hue smart lights working through Xbox

Philips Hue is a smart lighting system which can enhance the mood of your room by adjusting ambient light to match the colors displayed on your television. While the system supports PC, the Xbox One has been left out for some reason. However, it looks like this is about to change soon because the official Philips Hue Twitter account confirmed that it was working on bringing the mood lighting to Xbox One.

When asked if Philips Hue would ever support Xbox One, the company said, "We'd love to make Hue Sync available on as many platforms as possible, we started with PC and Mac because we're able to do this by ourselves, to move to other platforms we'll need to work closely with the other companies. We are working on this, we'll just need some time."

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Hopefully Philips is already working with Microsoft to make this happen. We've used Philips Hue in the past and it really makes a difference if you're watching a film or playing a game. Unfortunately, you need a PC or Mac to do this at the moment, and playing on a monitor isn't the ideal experience.

It's unclear how long Philips has been working on Hue Sync for Xbox One, but "some time" could mean months at this point. Considering the fact that next-generation consoles are around the corner, let's hope it lands before 2020. However, there are rumors that all Xbox One apps many also work on the future machines so once it's available, it may be available into the future.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

8 Comments
  • so they could build just an UWP app
  • Didn't Hue work with the game Chariots back when? So it worked there....what's the issue now?
  • Yeah! You're right! It did! I think it was through the game itself though!
  • They have a PC app? I never even looked, just assumed they didn't support Windows. Didn't see any indication they did.
  • There isn't an official Hue PC app to control your lights. What they are referring to is Hue Sync, that will match your lights to what's on the screen.
  • And of cause there is Huetro, which is way better than anything that is out there on Android.
  • I will be installing that, it will be perfect for my gaming cave.
  • I love this feature of my Hue lights. The workaround right now is to just stream your Xbox to your PC and it will work perfectly. Only limitation is on apps that can't be streamed to your PC, like Netflix and Hulu. YouTube, Plex, Crunchy roll can though. Official support for the Xbox would be killer.