Canadian developer Frima Studios has updated the Xbox One version of its co-op platformer to be compatible with Philips’ system, which aims to bring lighting technology into the 21st century – arguably a long overdue move, given the common lightbulb dates from the 1800s. As onscreen enemies attack, your room will turn red, walk through a forest and the lights will glow green, witness a magical explosion and the room will flash white. Said Chris Charla, Director ID@Xbox at Microsoft. In the demonstration video below you can see how the lights change as the game progresses, even adding explosive effects when necessary. While, the Chariot game can be purchased directly from your Xbox One for $14.99. “We are very proud to be the first in the world to integrate Philips Hue lighting with a videogame and are excited to offer this unique experience to fans of Chariot”. It is transforming how light is used in and around the home to enhance a space, heighten a mood or simply ease day to day life. Frima worked with Philips to create the light show, which will sync with gameplay, making the room bright or dark depending on deep into the caves you are. Part of their plan for the system is to allow a range of third party apps and devices to be able to access and integrate with the system.
Why this matters: Chances are, you’re not going to outfit your entertainment center with Hue light bulbs for the sake of one video game. Since 2003, the company has been developing outstanding digital products for world-renowned clients such as Electronic Arts, Activision, Warner, Konami, and LEGO.