Playing Half-Life on smartwatch is impossible, but it’s cool anyways!

Half Life running on smartwatch hack

Running applications and games on cross-platform devices has become one of the coolest white hat hacks these days. Especially operating systems that software tinkering experts just love to run on cross-platform devices. Examples from the past include an iPhone 6 Plus running Windows 98 and Apple Watch hacked to run Mac OS. For a change, this time we show you a hack that allows you to play Valve’s Half-Life on Android Wear smartwatch, in particular LG G Watch.

Yes, a small display running a graphics-intensive FPS game like Half-Life. The man behind this cool hack is Dave Bennett who managed this with the help of SDLash3D app which emulates the GoldSource engine. However, Dave admits that the game running on smartwatch is not as graphics rich and the frames-per-second rate is also quite low. But that is quite acceptable as a smartwatch is not fitted with hardware for intensive gaming.

Playing the FPS game on 1.65-inch screen of a smartwatch in itself is quite a tedious task and sometimes the screen goes back to previous window when swept to the left side.

Bennett explains that you need to activate USB and wireless debugging on the LG G Watch to manage this hack, and of course a legal copy of the Half Life game.

Anyways, running Half Life shooter on smartwatch is quite amazing and for now it is just a proof of concept. Even if it was a legitimate app, playing first-person-shooting game on smartwatch is not a good idea.



Hailing from the northern region of India, Gaurav has a profound liking for everything upbeat in the cloud and vision to acquaint readers with the latest technology news. He likes to observe nature, write thought provoking quotes, travel places, drive cars and play video games when things get too boring. And his food for thought comes from ambient music scores he listens to.

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