A video shows how gradient lighting can improve the gaming experience

A gamer shows off a cool extension of their TV screen, with dazzling lights extending beyond the screen in perfect sync with the game.

The simple act of playing a video game is not that difficult to achieve these days. A simple monitor or TV, gaming device, or perhaps an all-in-one portable system like the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, or even a cell phone can do the job. But there are plenty of people who go out of their way to customize the gaming experience to really make it their own and make the experience even better.

For starters, gamers often place great importance on the visuals that their monitors or televisions can deliver, as well as the audio system that helps bring them into the game. Having high resolution, adequate refresh rate, and surround sound can all enhancing the experience and allowing players to experience the game in its full spectacle. However, more and more gamers are also discovering how immersive it can be to bring gradient lighting to the right moment in the image.


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A gamer has demonstrated how a little work and a combination of technology has given their gaming experience a boost. A short video shared by trotski90 shows the effect light can have, as their PlayStation 5 boots up and the wall behind the TV begins to take on the same color as what is currently displayed on the screen. The TV fades from a soft blue with the PlayStation Studios logo, quickly flickers through the colors when the Marvel logo appears on screen, then fades to a stunning red, suitable for Spider Man.

As LED lights have become more affordable, complex PC builds and setups like these have become more common. Although not necessary, they add a little extra sparkle to the gaming experience. Essentially, a series of LED lights positioned behind the TV reflect what’s happening on the screen, causing colors to project similar on the wall. Almost anyone can use a similar setup, but it doesn’t have to be cheap. Trotsky90 explained that they used Philips Hue gradient lights, combined with a Philips Hue sync box and bridge. Although the exact cost varies depending on the size and number of lamps used, the components used in this particular build normally cost several hundred dollars.

There are cheaper options, although their capabilities vary by brand. Some in the reviews shared their experience with other strains, noting that while they work well, a common complaint is that they sometimes experience more lag than the more expensive option. As technology advances, the technology is likely to become more affordable and more reliable, and setups like these are likely to become even more popular.

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