BMW Adds Smartphone-Controlled Casual Games to Its Electric Vehicles

BMW teamed up with AirConsole to offer access to casual games in its electric vehicles.

AirConsole is described as an online video games console(Opens in a new window) which runs games in a web browser or on a shared screen. Players control the action using their iOS or Android smartphone, and can play together for a local multiplayer experience.

“With AirConsole we will leverage innovative technologies combined with a broad variety of fun and multiplayer games. This will make every waiting situation inside the vehicle, such as charging, an enjoyable moment,” said Stephan Durach(Opens in a new window), Senior Vice President BMW Group Connected Company Development.

BMW is following Tesla’s lead when it comes to offering games on the dash of its vehicles, but taking a different tact on how to deliver them. By teaming up with AirConsole, BMW can offer access to more than 180 games spread across multiple genres including racing, sports, co-op, puzzle, and quiz games. These aren’t games you’ll recognize, but should prove enough of a distraction while your car recharges.

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Access to AirConsole will be available starting in 2023, and BMW says it “perfectly fits with the BMW Curved Display.” Setting up a smartphone to act as a controller will be a simple case of scanning a QR code once you have the AirConsole app installed.

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