With their 10 TFLOPS infotainment system, the newest versions of Tesla's Model S and Model X electric vehicles have been poised to gain thousands of games to play on the in-vehicle displays. Tesla CEO Elon Musk first promised Steam integration earlier this year, and on Wednesday, the company finally brought Valve's gaming platform to select vehicles.
"Steam is here — bringing thousands of games to new Model S & X vehicles," said Tesla in a statement via Twitter.
For now, games confirmed to work with Valve's Steam Deck also work on Tesla Model S and X (model year 2022+) with 16 GB of memory and Premium Connectivity. Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 is among those games. Eventually, more titles may come to these electric vehicles, but Tesla refrained from revealing which games and when. The Tesla vehicles fully support Steam's cloud synchronization for saving game progression between devices.
In addition to Steam integration, the Holiday Update brings Apple Music and Zoom apps for the first time. All Teslas feature a Dog Mode that allows you to set the climate control to a comfortable temperature for your pet while you go into a store and presents the current temperature to passersby via the central display. The Holiday Update now allows you to check in on your pets using the onboard cabin camera with the Tesla app on your smartphone.
Getting Steam to a car may not sound like a big deal per se since this is not a primary feature for a vehicle. But by enabling Steam on its electric automobiles, Tesla somewhat brings infotainment to a new level, essentially changing what users typically expect from in-vehicle infotainment in general.
I would rather game on a laptop if I were a passenger because of options and screen placement, and zoom on a phone for the same reasons. And you can't trust passersby to be observant enough to see a large temperature posted when they see your air conditioned dog in a car with closed windows. But it sounds obvious enough that if they freak out it is their problem that you would quickly be able to explain away. The monitor placement for gaming could be a good way of "sharing" a game with your kid playing from the back seat.
Complaining about new luxuries, what a first world problem. Like my automatic dim brights that I sometimes look like an ass with because I forget they are not in manual :P
Watching videos or playing games in a Tesla is ONLY available when the vehicle is in Park. So this is more beneficial when you're stopped at a Supercharger and need to kill some time.
I bet the apple option is better, but not worth me replacing my phone.