Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that there are plans in the works to expand the Tesla infotainment system’s gaming capabilities, including the ability to add Steam support.
Musk confirmed in his Tweet that his team is also working on title-specific support after speaking out in a CDProjekt Red official post. Cyberpunk 2077 says it was a ‘big game’ that prompted another user to ask when the Sci-Fi RPG would arrive on the Tesla Model S or Model X.
Considering Steam has a library of 50,000 games, Musk stated that this would be “obviously where we should be in the long run”. The updated infotainment system for Tesla vehicles features a 17-inch screen and contains AMD Navi 23 graphics. Tesla has kept the details of this AMD GPU under wraps, but it is currently rumored to have around 28 compute units clocked at up to 2.8 GHz.
We are working on the general case of making Steam games work on a Tesla versus specific titles. The first is obviously where we should be in the long run.February 22, 2022
If true, this would suggest that Tesla’s infotainment system is capable of providing up to 10 teraflops of computing power – which is not far from the 10.28 teraflops boasted by Sony’s PS5. It’s no wonder, then, that Musk has already teased other games that would be playable on the EV from the CDProjekt Red library – i.e. The Witcher 3.
It’s likely that Tesla could piggyback on the hard work already done by Valve to support as much of the full Steam library as possible in its next steam deck console, which is based on the same AMD RDNA2 architecture. great games like God of Warwhich was recently released for the PC platform, are able to run surprisingly well on the Valve handheld, which sets some high expectations for the Tesla infotainment system.
No date has been set for any of these developments, and that’s if they pass…. well, development. Updates to the Tesla Arcade are expected for the Model X and Model S, but again, no arrival date has been set, so it’s likely we won’t see any of these features implemented until around 2023.
Opinion: Am I a car or am I a console?
Maybe I’m getting old and boring, but my first reaction when I read Musk’s tweet was “…why?”.
PC gaming on a handheld has a lot more appeal as you can take the Steam Deck anywhere, but porting your entire Steam library to a car seems a little perplexing. Dr. Ian Malcolm’s wise words ring true – they’ve spent so much time wondering if they could, they haven’t stopped to think if they should.
Give me the option to play Cyberpunk 2077 on a console (or PC), a handheld, or… well, a car and the first one will always win. It might have its uses if you’re stuck waiting in your vehicle while parked, but it all feels like wasted effort if you don’t find yourself in this scenario very often.
That said, I don’t own a Tesla. Perhaps this is a feature that is in high demand by people who actually own and drive EVs. If this is an easy implementation, it’s obvious to add Steam to the Tesla lineup, if only for marketing stuff – a car with the gaming capabilities of a current-gen console will obviously get some attention, though I’d be interested to know. whether it will automatically deactivate when the vehicle is in motion.
If developing Steam support isn’t a simple task, Tesla may find that time is better spent fixing the issues that cripple its self-driving system, rather than trying to lure new customers with the promise of a 50k game library. .