Tesla CEO Elon Musk has recently confirmed that the brand’s cars will see an integration of Valve’s Steam platform soon. As you’d expect, this allows owners to play games from the popular digital storefront directly in their Teslas.
Musk’s confirmation arrives as a reply to a tweet by the Tesla Owners Silicon Valley’s Twitter account on Saturday, which showcased the car’s built-in capability to run certain games. “We’re making progress with Steam integration,” he wrote. “Demo probably next month.”
This confirmation is also the latest and official update regarding the project since its initial announcement by the Tesla CEO via a tweet he shared earlier this year. In February, Musk revealed that the company plans to introduce Steam games to its vehicles, therefore saving it the trouble of licensing certain games individually for its in-car infotainment system. The integration would also allow Tesla car owners to access their existing library on the platform, with the likelihood of purchasing new games directly through their vehicles as well.
Steam integration has potential to take this to another level, as Steam is a massive platform with over 50,000 games, ranging from indie titles to smash hits like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Depending on the model, Tesla cars are fairly capable gaming machines; for example, the new Model S and Model X infotainment runs on an AMD Ryzen CPU and an AMD RDNA-2 GPU, meaning these cars should be able to run graphically intensive games such as Cyberpunk 2077
Should the integration pull through, Tesla would be the first brand to actually incorporate a full-fledged gaming platform to cars. Even though Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature a handful of games for supported vehicles, their offerings barely hold a candle to Steam’s massive library.