Tesla has been teasing the idea of including support for Steam, allowing drivers the ability to play some of their favorite games within the platform. The company has been a bit vague outside of Elon Musk making promises on Twitter. However, the company has officially rolled it out, making it a reality.
Of course, drivers only have access to the new feature when they are parked. There will be no Cyberpunk while driving down Route 66. Also, it will be limited to titles that support cloud gaming within Steam’s platform. This means that the games will not be installed locally like some of the Tesla arcade options that we have all had access to thus far. That, and you will have to have reliable access to the internet via Premium Connectivity or via a hotspot or Wi-Fi connection. But this still opens users to thousands of potential titles to choose from.
This is a fantastic update that is part of the company’s 2022 holiday update (something it has been doing each December, each time including some notable enhancements). The only catch is that it is only available for the Model S and Model X vehicles that are 2022 models or newer (16GB of RAM onboard).
That latter part leaves out Model 3 and Y owners, which is a bit of a blow. This is unfortunate, as that leaves me out as well (Model 3 owner). Steam access is considered to be in beta, so there is a chance that it may eventually roll out to other models, but there hasn’t been anything that Tesla has shared in reference to this.
Hopefully, we will all gain access to it eventually, but this is a huge enhancement nonetheless. It may not be fundamental to the performance of the vehicles in general, but it is a huge perk for gamers looking to take their games with them without the need for any additional devices (outside of a USB controller). Perfect for those extended periods behind some of the older chargers.
If games are cloud based why do you have to download many gigabytes of a game to play it?