BMW has teamed up with Swiss gaming platform AirConsole to bring in-car gaming to its new all-electric 5 Series.
Drivers and passengers can play the games to pass the time while charging the vehicle, for example. Unfortunately, but probably for the best, you can’t play while the car is moving.
in addition to the new BMW 5 Series, which debuted this week the AirConsole app will be rolled out in other BMW vehicles. The service has been available on TVs for a while, but this is the first time it’s available in a car.
To use the game app, players need their smartphone, which acts as a controller, and the BMW Curved Display, which acts as a TV. After starting the AirConsole app in the car, users simply scan a QR code to link their phones to the screen and then start gaming.
There are about 15 titles available initially, including Go Kart Go, Golazo, Music Guess, and Overcooked, and the list is expected to continue to expand. While it’s not exactly for the hardcore gamer, the console should provide enough entertainment for families or anyone with a penchant for smartphone gaming.
To celebrate the launch of in-car gaming, BMW present the i5 electric version of the 5 series with a gaming cover, with large pixels paying homage to the iconic 8-bit era of computer games.