Having been made to run Microsoft’s Windows XP, it’s really no surprise that intrepid gadget and hardware enthusiasts would continue to experiment with what could be done with the latest gadget craze, wearbles, or more specially, smartwatches.
Courtesy of a new app called SDLash3D, a piece of emulation software that emulates the GoldSource engine, it’s now possible to play Valve’s older titles on your smartwatch.
So just what would it take to run Half-Life?
- Pentium 133 MHz
- 24 MB RAM
- Windows 95/98/NT4
- SVGA video card
- Windows-compatible sound card
- 400 MB hard-disk space.
- Pentium 166 MHz
- 32 MB RAM
- OpenGL- or DirectX-compatible 3D accelerator.
Comparatively trivial requirements by today’s standards.
The LG G Watch’s specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, which combines a 1.2 GHz APQ8026 quad Cortex-A7 CPU and an Adreno 305 GPU. Throw in 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage and the G Watch is more than capable of running Half-Life, specs wise.
In fact, it should, theoretically, be able to play Half-Life multiple times over. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t run quite as smoothly as we’d like.
We suspect then that the inefficiencies of SDLash3D are at the heart of the slowdowns, less-than-ideal frame rate and the odd hiccup or two.
That said, an emulator is probably the only way you’ll see a game like Half-Life on current-gen wearables.
Just for curiosity sake, the most popular smartwatch at the moment, the Apple Watch, with its 512 MB of RAM, ARMv7 APL0778 processor and PowerVR SGX543 GPU, is just as capable as LG’s counterpart. Getting SDLash3D to run on watchOS is another story.
Now if only there was a solution to the minute and altogether inappropriate control scheme.
Either way, it’s a pretty swell way to play Half-Life.
Just keep in mind that we doubt that your smartwatch’s battery will last all that long under the conditions of SDlash3D.