BMW has announced the integration of gaming functions into the “Curved Display” infotainment system that will be used in the new i5 series vehicles. This means that car displays can be used to display the game world and smartphones can be used as controllers.
The German automaker has announced that the new feature is a gaming opportunity “so-called casual games” – do not require deep immersion in the game world and complex management. The BMW press release is about racing, sports games, music quizzes, simulators, strategies and so on – for every taste. For example, you can pass the time by waiting for an electric car’s battery to charge.
The gaming feature is the result of a collaboration between the automaker and the AirConsole gaming platform, which offers a variety of subscription games, including multiplayer options. The gaming portfolio so far includes around 15 games, including Go Kart Go, Golazo, Music Guess and Overcooked, later it is promised to significantly expand the list of available games. If at first the games will be available only in the new BMW 5 Series cars, later they will appear on other cars: ex works – in the BMW 7 Series, BMW iX, BMW i4 models released after 07/23. were published; BMW X5, BMW X6, BMW X7, BMW XM, BMW X5 M, BMW X6 M built after 08/23. Other mid-range and premium BMW models will be added later.
In addition, for BMW 7 Series models built after July 22nd. were built, an over-the-air update to BMW Operating System 8.5 will be available; BMW iX produced after March 23; BMW X5, BMW X6, BMW X7, BMW XM, BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M purchased after April 23. are published also provide access to the game.
Exclusively for the launch of the new BMW 5 Series, BMW Group Design presented the BMW i5 with a unique “gaming” look that pays homage to the old 8-bit games. To participate in the game, you need to use an AirConsole with a BMW curved display – it is enough to read the QR code with a smartphone, not only the driver, but also passengers can participate in the games. According to some reports, in addition to smartphones, tablets or other devices that can read a QR code can also be used.
Games are downloaded to local media and launched from there – even when there is no internet connection. Passenger Play is known to have been present in Tesla since 2020, although in 2021 the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) banned the use of the feature on the move due to the danger games in this mode pose. It seems that BMW has taken this experience into account: according to The Register, if the game is continued while driving, the system will automatically save the game and minimize gameplay.