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2023 BMW i5 Airconsole 4

Game on — killing time in the BMW i5

Riley Riley

Stuck in traffic? No problemo — drivers will be able to play their favourite shoot ’em up in the new BMW 5 Series.

BMW is partnering with the gaming platform AirConsole to bring a unique kind of in-car gaming to the road for the first time in the new 5 Series.

It allows the driver and passengers to play so-called casual games while the vehicle is stationary as a way of passing time while waiting for the vehicle to charge, for example.

In addition to the new BMW 5 Series, the AirConsole app will be successively offered in other BMW vehicles.

To celebrate the launch of in-car gaming, the BMW Group is presenting a BMW i5 with a unique gaming wrap.

Its design symbolises diving into the gaming experience down to the individual pixels.

The large pixels are an homage to the now iconic 8-bit era of computer games.

For the in-car gaming experience, the players simply need their smartphone, which acts as a controller, and the BMW Curved Display.

After starting the AirConsole app in the vehicle, the connection between the smartphone and the vehicle is intuitively established by scanning a QR code on the Curved Display.

Then players can get straight down to playing. The AirConsole app supports multiple players simultaneously.

The rear passengers can also participate in the in-car gaming fun during stops. In general, it is possible to play alone or with all vehicle occupants together or in competition mode.

The selection available for the market introduction of the new BMW 5 Series sedan includes racing, sports, quiz and music quiz games as well as simulation, strategy, jump-and-run and puzzle games.

The 15 or so titles available to play from the start include “Go Kart Go”, “Golazo”, “Music Guess” and “Overcooked”.

The portfolio of available games will be continually expanded.

Not sure they’ll get this one through to the keep in Australia . . .


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