You can play Half-Life on a smartwatch if you really, really want to

By Brenna Hillier, Monday, 27 July 2015 03:30 GMT

Half-Life can be played on an Android Wear smartwatch. Yep. This is the glorious future.

Modder Dave Bennett has been working on getting Half-Life running on Android devices, and was struck by a sudden inspiration: could he make it go on Wear, Google’s smartwatch operating system?

The answer is yes, although controlling the shooter on a tiny touch screen is a pain, and the frame rate sometimes bottoms out at 2 FPS, which is, uh, less than ideal.

In terms of raw power it’s not surprising the tiny wearables can manage this. The first LG and Samsung Android Wear smartwatches are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400, with a top CPU speed of 1.7 GHz. One of the most popular CPUs for gaming PCs when Half-life launched in 1998 was the Pentium II, which topped out at 450 MHz.

Anyway, check it out in action below. You can learn more about the project on Bennett’s blog, which will perhaps inspire you to try your own “X running on Y” projects. Remember DOOM on ATMs? Amazing scenes.

Thanks, Ars Technica.

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