With virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift on the horizon, immersion in video games has become a bigger deal than ever before. Thanks to the Internet of Things parts of your home can also be connected to each other now. Combine those things and new gaming experiences are ready to be had.
The indie co-op platformer Chariot has received an update which makes the game compatible with the Philips Hue lighting system. In the demonstration video below you can see how the lights change as the game progresses, even adding explosive effects when necessary.
Philips Hue allows you to control the brightness, timing, or even the color of your lights via smart phone, a preprogrammed schedule, or through integration with other smart home devices. By having them on the same network as your Xbox One, you can now have them controlled by a game as well.
While this is the first official integration of a video game with Hue, it's not the first time we've seen it. A few unofficial Minecraft mods are already out there but those are much more simple, giving your lights a single color to match the part of the game world you are in. In the new mode for Chariot, the lights are much more dynamic, reacting instantly to whatever happens in the game.
Currently the Hue setting is only available on the Xbox One version of the game. Thus far there have been no announcements from either Microsoft or Philips regarding any other titles with plans to be integrated together.