Philips Hue and Razer will light up your next Overwatch match
A partnership between Philips Hue and Razer will soon let PC gamers sync color-changing lights with popular games like Overwatch and DOTA2.
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Last summer, Philips teased new "Hue Entertainment" partnerships meant to help sync its popular, color-changing smart bulbs with movies, TV shows, and video games. We've been waiting patiently to hear more ever since, and today, at CES 2018, Philips has some fresh details.
Those details come in the form of a new partnership with the gaming lifestyle brand Razer. It's the first official Hue Entertainment partnership the company has publicly confirmed, and PC gamers who enable it will be able to sync color-changing lighting effects with popular games like Overwatch, DOTA2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The partnership links Hue's lights with Razer Chroma-enabled devices, including laptops, keyboards, and gaming mice. To enable it, users will need a second-gen Philips Hue Bridge (the square-shaped one), along with free Razer Synapse software that will be available to anyone using a Razer Chroma-enabled device beginning on January 9.
Other partnerships are in the works, too, potentially including ones that would bring console gamers into the mix. Philips tells us that those partnerships will continue rolling out throughout the year.
We're itching to try take Hue Entertainment for a spin, and we'll tell you what it's like as soon as that happens. For now, here's the full list of supported games:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Orcs Must Die!
Rise of Insanity
JCB Pioneer: Mars
Let Them Come
Battle Chasers: Night War
Starpoint Gemini: Warlords
Killing Floor 2
Book of Demons
Archaica: The Path of Light
Holy Potatoes! What the Hell?!
Yet Another Zombie Defence HD
Bad Ass Hero
Double Kick Heroes
Endless Space 2
Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms
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