BMW has teamed up with AirConsole, a cloud-based gaming platform, to offer a new way of keeping passengers entertained in the new BMW 5 Series. The system allows users to play over 150 games on the car's infotainment screen using their smartphones as controllers.
How AirConsole Works
AirConsole is a web-based platform requiring no additional hardware or software. Users need to connect their smartphones to the car's Wi-Fi hotspot and enter a code on the AirConsole website to start playing. The games are streamed from the cloud and displayed on the car's central screen, while the smartphone screens act as gamepads.
AirConsole claims to offer a variety of games for different tastes and ages, including casual, racing, sports, puzzle, and party games. Some of the titles available are Karaoke, Polyracer, Tower of Babel, and Cards and Humanity. Users can also create their own playlists and switch between games without interrupting the session.
Why BMW Chose AirConsole
BMW says it chose AirConsole because it offers a simple and innovative solution for in-car entertainment that does not compromise safety or comfort. The system is compatible with the BMW Operating System 8, which powers the latest generation of BMW infotainment systems. The system also supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant voice control.
BMW also says that AirConsole aligns with its vision of creating a digital ecosystem that connects drivers and passengers with their surroundings and offers personalized services. The automaker believes that AirConsole will enhance the driving experience and make journeys more enjoyable and fun.
When AirConsole Will Be Available
AirConsole will be available in the new BMW 5 Series starting in autumn 2023, where the system will be launched as part of a pilot project. The system will be offered as a free trial for three months, after which users will have to pay a monthly subscription fee of $4.99 to access the full catalog of games.
BMW plans to expand AirConsole to other markets and models in the future, depending on the feedback from customers and partners. The automaker says it is open to collaborating with other gaming platforms and developers to offer more options for in-car entertainment.
Why You Should Care
AirConsole is one of the first examples of how cloud gaming can be integrated into cars, offering a new way of entertaining passengers without requiring additional devices or cables. The system could also appeal to drivers who want to relax or have fun while parked or waiting in traffic, as long as they don't get distracted from the road.
AirConsole could also be a sign of things to come for the future of mobility, where cars will become more than just transportation devices but also platforms for entertainment, work, and socializing. As cars become more connected, autonomous, and electric, they will also offer more opportunities for digital services and content that will enrich the travel experience.
If you are interested in trying out AirConsole in your new BMW 5 Series, you can find more information on the official website: https://www.airconsole.com/bmw