Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box

October 14, 2020

Software version 1.6.3


  • Improved compatibility with several routers (e.g. Vodafone TG3442DE)
  • Now allows for HDR10+ content when the Hue sync box’s HDMI cable is on the second output of an AV receiver
  • Implemented support for FreeSync
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Further increased the reliability of communication to the Hue Bridge
  • Improved the Hue sync box’s ability to detect black bars on screen, enhancing generated light scripts
  • Various CEC improvements


August 20, 2020

Software version 1.5.3


  • Introduced native support for Harmony remotes 
  • Introduced a Wi-Fi status screen in the Hue Sync mobile app 
  • Improved letterboxing detection 
  • Improved automatic updates 
  • Fixed a crash related to mDNS 
  • General IR improvements 
  • Changed the default Hue sync box name to “Sync Box” 
  • Changed the LED indicator’s behavior while lights are dimmed 
  • In cases of multiple Wi-Fi access points, the Hue sync box will now connect to the strongest access point
  • Added support for the Play gradient lightstrip


May 25, 2020

Software version 1.4.7


  • Added support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ content
  • Added support for voice control with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Siri Shortcuts
  • Added support for infrared (IR) remote controls
  • Updated Hue Bridge discovery for certain networks 
  • Improved light experience for multiple lights around the TV screen 
  • Improved light experience for Music mode for music playing on low volume  
  • Improved compatibility with several routers (e.g. Netgear RAX40) 
  • Improved video syncing for 720p content 
  • Improved color rendering for Chromecast Ultra for various video formats 
  • Fixed an issue where 4K content was downgraded when the sync box’s HDMI cable was on the second output of an AV receiver 
  • Fixed an issue where Huawei P20 phones were not able to complete setup in the Hue Sync mobile app 
  • General stability and performance improvements 


March 3, 2020
Software version 1.3.2


  • Improved Wi-Fi stability and performance
  • Fixed DHCP lease time issue
  • Increased the reliability of communication to the Hue Bridge
  • Implemented HDR10+ support
  • Implemented support for future features
  • Other bug fixes and improvements


November 26, 2019

Software version: 1.2.2 (first public software update)
  • Fixed issues that occasionally stopped lights from syncing during streaming
  • Fixed a bug that caused lights to switch off when syncing on the highest brightness setting
  • Improved Subtle mode algorithm
  • Fixed issue with Apple TV pass-through mode, in which it would be disrupted when software restarted (on a HDCP 1.4 TV)
  • Fixed a bug with Nintendo Switch that caused it to not sync when switching from YouTube to a game
  • Fixed a bug with Chromecast Ultra that interrupted video pass-through when used with Philips Fidelio B5 soundbars
  • TVs will no longer switch inputs when sync box goes into and out of power-save mode
  • Power cycling the sync box will no longer switch inputs with various sources unintentionally