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Elon Musk: Tesla Aims to Get All Steam Games Working in Its Vehicles

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Elon Musk has asserted that development work to get the PC's Steam library of games working in Tesla vehicles is in progress. In a tweeted reply to CD Projekt Red's official Cyberpunk 2077 account and IGN's Ryan McCaffrey, Musk said that Tesla was working to make Steam games available to its vehicle owners in general, rather than just supporting one-off titles. This level of support is almost up there with the promise of the Steam Deck - in other words if any particular Steam game isn't supported, it will be regarded as a bug.

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In a follow-up quip on Twitter someone asked whether there was a Cyberpunk on the Cybertruck guarantee, to which Musk simply replied "100%." Elon Musk has previously stated that users will be able to play Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 on the revamped in-car entertainment system, so that much was known before today's Tweet. However, the goal of wider compatibility with the full gamut of the PC Steam library is the big news today.

The Tesla Cybertruck is due to be released to customers starting in 2023. (Image credit: Tesla)

Tesla pushed the boundaries with in-car infotainment possibilities right back when the first Model S premium electric sedan was launched in 2012. However, the entertainment potential of these big screens is being given a significant lift with Tesla moving on from systems running Intel Atom chips to AMD's modern Ryzen APUs, wielding powerful multi-core CPUs and GPUs. Vehicles with the new AMD processors are already rolling off the production line, as we reported at the New Year.

So, what kind of performance might a Steam gamer expect from their new Tesla with an AMD APU literally under the hood? Some early tests we have seen showed the AMD powered infotainment system performing three or four times faster in general application usage, compared to the Intel based system of old. For gaming, we have to take Tesla's word for it for now, and the company has said that the revamped infotainment system has more muscle than a PlayStation 5.

The latest specs we have for the AMD APU being used, suggest it is a custom Ryzen YE180FC3T4MFG with a quad-core 12nm 3.8 GHz Zen+ CPU with 4MB of L3 cache, with a 3D accelerated helping hand provided by built-in RDNA2 graphics cores. Tesla systems use a customized Linux OS.  

Even with its powerful driver assistance system, we don't expect drivers to be indulging in Steam gaming while in control of a vehicle. However, the in-car entertainment system could be a boon for passengers, and for times when drivers are making a charging pit stop.

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • Dragos Manea
    Mandark said:
    Are they <redacted>. Oh wait, it’s Tesla they are <redacted> and their cars are ultra crap
    I dont disagree with the retarded part but their cars are crap? Tell me another example of electric sedane for a full familly that have more then 600km autonomy. I tell you, tesla is the only one. And all other electric cars have problems with overheating even exploding (Chrevolet). Soooo....i m afraid to say but right now tesla is leader in electric cars as technology and autonomy.

    Edited for language / content.
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  • Mandark
    they have horrible quality issues. hence, crap

    autonomy? you mean their software that can get people killed? laughable! do you actually own one or just an admirer. I would this any day over tesla

    2022 Ford® Mustang Mach-E SUV | Optional Extended-Range Battery
    oh and GM cars are crap too. avoid all of them, every make and model. go watch some episodes of THE CAR WIZARD on youtube. he says the same about most all GM products. and he fixes stuff for a living--master mechanic AND he tells people to NOT buy them
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  • Mandark
    Elon Musk admits Tesla has quality problems - CNN
    im not paying children to learn the game with that much money they ask for a model

    gaming in the car? horrendously stupid idea, causing nothing but confusion and delay with all the added distraction

    fix your quality issues tesla don't add useless features, see what I mean? children learning the game. i don't have time for it so good luck if you actually own one of these super expensive/unreliable things.
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  • King_V
    Maybe it's something to do if you don't have any errands while waiting at a public charging station?

    I dunno...
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  • Phaaze88
    King_V said:
    Maybe it's something to do if you don't have any errands while waiting at a public charging station?

    I dunno...
    Wouldn't that make it take longer to charge? Maybe it just takes a few minutes longer, I don't know...
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  • King_V
    Phaaze88 said:
    Wouldn't that make it take longer to charge? Maybe it just takes a few minutes longer, I don't know...

    I'm not really sure, although my "no idea what I'm talking about" guess is that the power draw of an in-car gaming system akin to the Steam Deck would be minuscule relative to the charging ability of the public chargers.
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  • bigdragon
    I can't see why I would want to play Steam games in my car. I normally am eating a meal when making a charging stop -- no time for gaming. Maybe this makes sense for people without home charging or those with smaller batteries. Seems like wasted effort to me. I do recognize that there are frequently people camped out at a local supercharger though.

    I do love how responsive the Tesla hardware is. Other manufacturers haven't caught up. So glad I don't have to deal with a slow system like Subaru and Ford use, or that dumb wheel or trackpad thing Lexus uses. The other vehicle manufacturers need to stop ignoring Tesla and start competing and innovating.
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  • $h0nuff
    Things seem to be getting a little schizophrenic at Tesla..

    If you've ever spent any time using a dc-to-ac inverters and 12v batteries.. This probably isn't going to help any case with current battery technology. Sure, it'll work great but it will absolutely kill range when not plugged in.

    Life of the average car vs life of the average computer game and associated requirements.. Can we fix/upgrade the infotainment system via right-to-repair? Oh..another charge?

    Tesla truck. For off road? Can I take it camping for a week? Glorified grocery getter and status symbol.

    What the average driver needs is a giant battery pack and no damn gadgets.. Elon wants a Tesla in every driveway yet he consistently fails to understand how volume-based margjns work.
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  • g-unit1111
    $h0nuff said:
    Things seem to be getting a little schizophrenic at Tesla..

    If you've ever spent any time using a dc-to-ac inverters and 12v batteries.. This probably isn't going to help any case with current battery technology. Sure, it'll work great but it will absolutely kill range when not plugged in.

    Life of the average car vs life of the average computer game and associated requirements.. Can we fix/upgrade the infotainment system via right-to-repair? Oh..another charge?

    Tesla truck. For off road? Can I take it camping for a week? Glorified grocery getter and status symbol.

    Yeah that Cybertruck is the biggest joke of a car I've ever seen. Playing games on the nav screen seems like a cool idea but it's not worth it, IMO. I have plenty of other devices to play games on .
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  • ezst036
    This is a big win for Linux gaming.

    One or two more shoes like this drop, and Microsoft's monopoly on gaming is dead. Valve, thank you so much for this miracle that is so, so close.
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