Signify seems to give the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box a successor. However, the 8K instead of 4K model is about more than just resolution.
With the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, the colors can be transferred from the TV picture to the lighting, so it’s an Ambilight for retrofitting. Signify even offers multi-colored light strips that can be attached to the back once around the TV.
The box is simply connected via HDMI cable to the TV and connected devices, such as the Apple TV, and taps into the signal.
Pictures of a new model have now surfaced on Amazon. The box has a slightly different design with an offset border, and the power adapter is missing the connectors for the Philips Hue Play Lightbar. Furthermore, the addition “8K” can be read on the packaging. However, this is likely to be about much more than just the resolution.
This is because HDMI 2.1 and thus 120 frames per second at a resolution of 4K are supported. But the audio quality has also improved with HDMI 2.1, as the allocated bandwidth is higher at 37 Mbps.
So if you have at least a 4K TV, want to use HDMI 2.1, and are thinking about buying the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, you should wait a bit longer.