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Xbox One game syncs up with Philips Hue lights

An Xbox One game has become the first to sync up with the Philips Hue smart light system.

Chariot from Frima Studio might be a fairly typical (if deeply cute) 2D physics platformer, but it now comes with a notable cutting edge feature. It’s the world’s first game to sync up with the popular Hue smart lighting system from Philips.

The Canadian indie developer has made it so that your Philips Hue lights will change colour in real time according to the action taking place on screen. This apparently involves hundreds of subtle colour variations.

“When enemies attack, Hue lights blink red. When colourful plants bloom, their colours are reflected in the room,” reveals Philips. “From subtle shifts to sudden bursts, everything onscreen is reflected in a Hue-enabled space.”

It should be emphasised that this is a specific feature added to a single game, so there’s no hint of a general trend for smart light integration into other Xbox One games just yet. But this does offer the indication that it’s an option for every developer to consider in future.

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Chariot launched as a free game on Xbox Live Games for Gold last year, and is now available to buy for £11.99. It’s been downloaded more than a million times.

“With its stunning art and mesmerising environments, Chariot is a perfect fit to demonstrate the full potential of Philips Hue,” said Wout Verhagen of Philips.

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