Elon Musk says Tesla is getting closer to integrating Valve’s Steam to take its in-car gaming platform to a whole new level.
We know that Tesla has invested heavily in integrating video games into its in-car entertainment system, but it still surprised many when Tesla said earlier this year that it planned to go so far as to integrate Valve’s Steam, an online video game store and distribution. platform, in its vehicles.
This would lead to a massive increase in games playable inside Tesla vehicles.
This week, CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla is getting closer to completing the Steam integration and that the automaker is aiming for a demonstration next month:
The demonstration will likely involve computer-intensive video games to show off the playability inside Tesla vehicles.
Tesla launches into video games
As we previously reported, Tesla has a team of software engineers working on video games in Seattle, and they recently started building a similar team in Austin.
The automaker has built a video game platform called Tesla Arcade inside its vehicles, and it has worked with video game studios to port games there.
Right now it’s mostly about adding value to its ownership experience, but Tesla might have bigger plans for gaming inside its vehicles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently indicated that he believes “entertainment will be key when cars drive themselves,” which he thinks Tesla can achieve later this year.
In anticipation of this, the automaker has released more video games in its Tesla Arcade, and it has indicated that it may turn it into a business.
We’ve seen indications that Tesla plans to offer paid packages of different video games inside its vehicles, which would start to enter the same line of business as Valve’s Steam, Playstation Store, or Xbox Live Store. .
But it looks like Tesla is betting on Steam integration instead.
New Tesla gaming computer
With the unveiling of the new Model S and Model X, Tesla announced a new in-vehicle gaming computer:
Up to 10 teraflops of processing power enables in-car gaming comparable to today’s latest consoles via Tesla Arcade. Wireless controller compatibility lets you play from any seat.
A known chip leaker, Patrick Schur posted a diagram of Tesla’s new AMD Navi 23 GPU-powered gaming computer:
The system is integrated and connects directly to two touchscreens inside Model S and Model X to play games, watch entertainment and perform other functions:
CEO Elon Musk also revealed that the new computer has more storage space to handle more games on the platform at the same time.
The website video card compared the specs with existing consoles from the last generation – showing that it does indeed match up well based on the available specs:
Tesla should take advantage of this new hardware to expand its in-car video game experience.
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