Enhance Gaming with Smart Home Automation

If gaming is your life, you probably live and breathe it.  You may be always searching for that ultimate virtual experience.  In case you didn’t know, nowadays, you can have a truly immersive gaming experience using smart home technology.  Why not have control of your home while playing video games?  It can be really annoying having to get up in the middle of an intense game to turn off the lights, answer the door or adjust the room temperature.  Read on to discover the ways that home automation can make your gaming even more enjoyable and allow you to focus on what you love to do.

Start with Alexa – Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based smart virtual assistant.  She is the built-in brains of all Amazon Echo devices, which are devices that that use speech recognition to perform an ever-growing range of tasks on command.  There are a wide range of Echo choices available to fit everyone’s needs and budget.  (Please see post titled “Amazon’s Echo Lineup – Which is Best?”).

Smart and Colorful Lighting – Smart lighting offers the key to enhancing the environment of your gaming area.  It is the perfect way to make your gaming room bright, interesting and fun.  Perhaps you want red accent lighting behind the screen, purple hues to highlight the walls and the ability of all the lights to flash on-and-off when the doorbell rings with your pizza delivery.  With the Philips Hue LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit, you can do that while choosing from 16 million colors and shades of white.  Add even more ambience and backlight with Philips Hue Play White and Color Smart Lights.  Hue lights can be activated with your voice or controlled remotely with your smartphone or tablet.

Immersive Surround Sound and Video – Any gamer would agree that a surround sound system is a crucial piece to an immersive gaming scene.  The Echo Link/Echo Link Amp enables you to upgrade your existing stereo system with high-fidelity/surround sound audio and Alexa functionality.  The Echo Link depends on you having an audio receiver, while the Echo Link Amp comes with a built-in amplifier for an all-in-one solution.  What’s amazing about both of these devices is the inclusion of RCA, Digital Coaxial and TOSLINK (S/PDIF) Optical Audio inputs and outputs.  This allows them to connect with both analog and digital gaming consoles.  And if you have a digital video game console with 4K capabilities, why not upgrade to a 4K television as well?  There’s a wide variety to choose from.  Even smart tvs now come in 4K, so if you have a PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X, why not consider upgrading your old tv to a smart 4K tv? 

Who’s at the Door/Let Them In – Want to know when your pizza delivery gets there?  And want to know when your gaming buddies arrive so that you can let them in?  With the all-new Ring Video Doorbell 3, not only can you tie the doorbell to the lights to let you know when someone has arrived, you can also choose to receive a notification on your phone.  Then, either using your phone or a smart display like the Echo Show 5/Echo Show 8, you can instantly see who is at your door and communicate with them straight from the screen.  If you want, you can use a smart lock, like the August Smart Lock, to let them in and then lock the door behind them, all without getting up from the couch or interrupting your game.

The Temperature in Your Game Room – When you are gaming throughout the day or night, distractions suck.   This is especially true if you are playing your favorite game in a room that is too hot or too cold.  Normally, you would have to keep getting up to adjust the air conditioner or heater, but with smart technology, that’s no longer the case.  You can now install a smart thermostat, like the popular Nest Learning Thermostat, and adjust the room temperature using your voice or smartphone.  The Nest smart thermostat is able to learn your habits, so if you are gaming at a certain time every day, the temperature will automatically adjust.  It will make your home not only smart but energy efficient, so you will also save money.  And what gamer doesn’t love that?

Conclusion – Gamers can use smart home products to make their lives easier and to do what they love doing most.  They can set up colorful lighting, 4K video & immersive surround sound.  They will never miss a pizza delivery or have to get up to open the door or adjust the temperature.  Overall, gamers can truly enhance their gaming experience by using smart automation in their homes.

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