Tesla is working on integrating steam into vehicles

Tesla is working on integrating steam into vehicles

In a recent tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk mentioned that the company is making progress in integrating Valve’s Steam gaming platform into in-car consoles. In other words, on-the-go gaming has reached a whole new level! A possible demo will be available next month according to Musk.

Integrating video games into electric cars is not unfamiliar territory for this automotive company. Tesla already offers a selection of free games from its own library known as Tesla Arcade. Some of these games include Atari classics like Missile Command and great escape, as well as popular titles such as sonic the hedgehog and Stardew Valley. With the inclusion of Steam, the selection of playable games would expand significantly. Tesla owners would also have access to their existing Steam library, with the ability to purchase new games directly through their vehicles.

While impressive, Tesla’s collection is currently limited to games that require less processing power. When Cuphead was implemented in 2019, only a shortened version with limited content was available to play. Otherwise, the Steam library itself consists of over 50,000 games; Tesla may struggle to try them all on a car. Musk has already shown the Model S Capabilities while executing Cyberpunk 2077 at 60fps, so more graphically advanced games are likely to be added.

Some consumers may be concerned about the possibility of playing video games in a vehicle, seeing it as a distraction for drivers. A feature known as Passenger Play once allowed passengers to play games while the car was in motion. After an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the feature was disabled by Tesla. Even though Passenger Play is no longer accessible, a built-in arcade would make a great pastime while stopping on the road or waiting for a friend.

At this time, it’s unclear if the upcoming Steam feature will apply to all Tesla vehicles or just Model S and Model X vehicles.


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