Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, made the announcement in February via Twitter that the company is working to incorporate Steam into its vehicles. As part of its holiday update, the company is now officially introducing Steam integration for the most recent Model S and X models. Tesla’s infotainment system runs Steam Beta and even graphically demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077 in the feature’s promotional video.
Tesla most likely refers to the “Plaid” versions of the Model S and X, which began shipping last year, when they refer to “new” models. AMD’s RDNA 2 GPUs, which are also the technology behind PlayStation 5, and AMD’s Ryzen chips are used in the infotainment systems of both models. Over the past few years, Tesla has added titles like Cuphead, PUBG Mobile, and Fallout Shelter to its library of games for in-vehicle play. By carrying Steam to its vehicles, however, Tesla is adding something other than a game or two to the developing rundown. In its announcement, the automaker stated that the integration would bring thousands of games to the aforementioned automobiles.
For allowing people to play games while driving, Tesla was previously in trouble with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, as a result of the agency’s investigation, the capability was disabled, so people probably cannot play Steam games while the vehicles are moving.
Tesla’s holiday update gives owners access to Apple Music integration for their infotainment systems in addition to Steam integration. They can schedule Light Shows to run simultaneously on multiple vehicles as well as view their cabin camera from the Tesla app while in Dog Mode or Sentry Mode.