Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box

    May 12, 2021

    Firmware version 1.7.4


    • Reworked the communication between the Hue sync box and the Hue Bridge to better support future features
    • Fixed an issue where CEC Power State Detection would not work in certain setups
    • Modified USB Power State Detection timing for Sony TVs
    • Various minor improvements


    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