Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Tesla is working to integrate the in-vehicle entertainment system with Steam. Now it’s official, as the company announces the Steam integration with Tesla cars. Owners of Tesla Model S and X received a “Christmas update” this week that allows Valve’s platform games to now run directly through the vehicle’s entertainment system.
Basically, the update brings a lot of new features, but the main highlight is the integration of the Steam store, which, in case you didn’t know, is best known for selling AAA PC games. Now the real question is, are Tesla vehicles really capable of running modern AAA games?
Keeping in mind that the Tesla Model S and X are equipped with an AMD Ryzen processor and an AMD RDNA 2 GPU, they are certainly capable of running the heaviest games. In fact, Tesla itself showed a video of one of the vehicles running Cyberpunk 2077 on the touch screen, and considering that this is a very demanding game, where many PCs cannot run, the performance in the vehicle was quite impressive.
Through the update notes, we discovered that the Steam used in Tesla is not the Windows version, but the Linux version, which is the same one used in Steam Deck, Valve’s portable console.
This allows games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Elden Ring, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, and many others that are optimized for the Steam Deck to run acceptably on vehicles.
Steam is here—bringing thousands of games to new Model S & X vehicles 🎮 pic.twitter.com/PDzjtefv7A
— Tesla (@Tesla) December 13, 2022