Tesla’s gaming service Tesla Arcade currently has a small selection of games available, including some newer titles like Stardew Valley and Cuphead. In the future, there may be much more to choose from, we must believe Elon Musk.
The entire Steam library will be available in Tesla’s cars, if Tesla boss Elon Musk gets what he wants. He announced this on Twitter on Tuesday.
«We are working on the general theme of making Steam games work on a Tesla versus specific titles. The former is obviously where we should be in the long run “, Musk replied in a thread that was originally about the game Cyberpunk 2077 and where Musk was asked if Cyberpunk would come to Cybertruck.
Today, Tesla’s infotainment system includes a small selection of games, ranging from simple, old Atari games to some newer releases such as Stardew Valley, Cuphead and Fallout Shelter. You can play these directly on the screen, with controls or with the car’s steering wheel for some racing games.
At a recent launch event for the Plaid edition of the Model S, Tesla unveiled a playable version of Cyberpunk 2077, in addition to the promo images of the car clearly showing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on the inside screen.
None of these have appeared so far, however, and they are also specially adapted versions of the Tesla system instead of, as Musk says, a general compatibility.
The most advanced games will probably also require a Tesla of relatively new date. With Model S Plaid, Tesla also launched its so-called MCU3 chip, which is an upgrade of the processor in the car and also contains a much more powerful graphics chip than before.
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However, the system is “only” equipped with 8 GB of graphics memory and has memory bandwidth on a par with the Xbox Series S, but the performance should still in theory be good enough to run a lot of newer games at fairly decent quality settings.
Model 3 and Model Y have also gradually received the MCU3 chip. The factory in Shanghai was first out, and around New Year it was also reported that the American factories had started producing cars with the AMD chips on board.
Tesla has also had a tradition of offering the ability to upgrade the MCU on board the cars, so that you get better performance and access to the latest features.
Model S Plaid also has a brand new infotainment screen. Tesla has moved away from the vertical orientation from its previous cars and instead turned the screen into landscape mode. The screen measures 17 inches and has a resolution of 2200 x 1300 pixels, ie something more than full HD resolution. It also has a small screen for the rear seat passengers.