Some Teslas turn into real game consoles thanks to the latest update that brings Steam to the main screen. However, depending on your configuration, you will most likely be excluded. Let’s take a look at the electric cars compatible with Steam.
Tesla’s latest Christmas update is rolling out to its fleet of vehicles, and some drivers were pleasantly surprised to see the Steam online video game service arrive. Unfortunately, most of the American manufacturer’s electric cars do not seem able to take advantage of it for the moment.
Only for certain Tesla Model S and Model X
At the very beginning of 2021, Tesla announced with great fanfare new Tesla Model S and Model X with a renewed interior. In addition, certain AAA games were put forward by the American firm as being able to be played on the central screen, like Cyberpunk 2077 or The Witcher 3.
Almost two years have passed and the wait is finally over: with the 2022.44.25.1 update, Steam appears among the available applications. By launching the service, the user will have access to his library of online games, and will be able to play them with a controller, or even a keyboard and a mouse, all wirelessly.
Of course, this is only possible when stationary, and is useful for taking advantage of the few tens of minutes that pass during a Supercharge on long journeys in particular. That being said, although the latest Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are equipped with an AMD Ryzen chip (with a power similar to a PS5 or an Xbox Series X with 10 Tflops) in the same way as the more expensive Model S and Model X, the arrival of Steam is reserved for Tesla’s flagship vehicles.
Worse than that, the Tesla Model S and Model X (2021 and 2022) which are not the most recent are not currently entitled to Steam either. From the information found online, it appears that Steam is only available on versions that have 16 GB of RAM, which limits the service to vehicles manufactured from mid-2022.
The Tesla Model S Plaid arriving in France at the moment are therefore the only vehicles concerned in France, even if the CEO of Tesla has indicated that a change in hardware could be envisaged in the future to add 16 GB of RAM to the Older Model S and Model X (from 2021 to mid-2022), which were sold in the United States.
On the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, do not expect to see Steam arriving anytime soon: unlike their more expensive big sisters, these cars do not have no additional GPU, and only embed the AMD Ryzen CPU. There were rumors of the likely arrival, as a few Model Y assemblies in Shanghai had been shipped with an additional GPU. But that didn’t last very long.
Note that Steam is currently only accessible from the car’s main screen. It will be possible to play from the rear screen of Model S and Model X, but through a future update.
Finally, not all games in the Steam catalog will be fully compatible. Indeed, it would be at first sight a Linux version of Steam, and only games verified by Steam (Deck Verified) could run smoothly on the Tesla.
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