Munich. The BMW Group 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 BMW 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*.
Exclusively for the launch of the new BMW 5 Series, a BMW i5 with a
unique gaming look designed by BMW Group Design is being presented.
This livery transforms the BMW 5 Series saloon into the ultimate
gaming station not only technically, but also visually.
Easy to use with smartphone as controller.
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.
With AirConsole, players can play so-called casual games. These
are games that are easy to pick up and play and intuitive to control.
The selection available for the market introduction of the new BMW 5
Series saloon 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.
BMW i5 with a unique gaming look.
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 clearly
recognisable as an homage to the now iconic 8-bit era of computer
games. The colour scheme takes its inspiration from the various games
available on the AirConsole platform. Elements of video game
controllers wrap around the i5 and thus pick up on the unique solution
for in-car gaming with AirConsole, where the smartphone becomes the
controller and puts all the game-play options at the players’ fingertips.
*Ex factory: BMW 7 Series, BMW iX, BMW i4 produced after 07/23; BMW
X5, BMW X6, BMW X7, BMW XM, BMW X5 M, BMW X6 M produced after 08/23.
Other BMW models from the mid-range and luxury segments will follow in
Updating to BMW Operating System 8.5 via Remote Software
Upgrade will be offered in the future for the following vehicles: BMW
7 Series produced after 07/22; BMW iX produced after 03/23; BMW X5,
BMW X6, BMW X7, BMW XM, BMW X5 M, BMW X6 M produced after 04/23.