Tesla Cars Now Officially Have Steam Integration

It's official: you can now load up Steam in your Tesla and play Steam Deck-approved games, although you probably shouldn't do so while you're driving.

Published: December 15, 2022 11:24 AM /


Someone choosing to open the Steam beta within their Tesla dashboard

Tesla vehicles have received official Steam support, potentially turning them into gaming rigs. In two specific models of Tesla, you'll now be able to fire up a new Steam beta app, which will run a series of Steam Deck-approved games. That should make you a little less bored next time you're early for a job interview, eh?

There's a history of Tesla adding game support to their vehicles already. Whether it's relaxing farming sim Stardew Valley or tough-as-nails run-and-gun shooter Cuphead, gaming in a Tesla is nothing new. Steam support, however, is pretty big, because now, you've got a whole library of games to choose from.

Per Tesla news platform Not A Tesla App, this release, which is coded 2022.44.25.1, features a Steam beta app that plays "immersive games that have been verified on Steam Deck". Steam cloud synchronization is also enabled, so you can, in theory, play a level of Doom Eternal on your PC, then pick up where you left off in your car. Let it never be said we are not living in the sci-fi future.

Someone playing a game in their Tesla with a PS5 controller thanks to new Tesla Steam support
The Tesla version of Steam will also support various wireless controllers.

Of course, nobody's expecting you to play Cyberpunk 2077 on your Tesla with touch controls. Instead, you'll be able to use a host of wireless controllers, presumably through Steam Input, although that's not specifically stated by Tesla. Make sure you don't leave the house without your controller!

There are a couple of caveats here. Steam support is only available in Tesla Models S and X from the year 2022 onwards, which are fitted with 16GB of DDR memory. A Premium Connectivity subscription is also required, which will set you back an extra $9.99 a month plus tax (or $99 plus tax as a yearly payment). 

Here's hoping Tesla didn't offer to pay Valve in exposure for this privilege. Gaming in your car might sound a little dangerous, but hey, at least it's not Mario Kart, which Elon Musk apparently wanted Tesla cars to offer at one stage. One can only imagine the chaos that could have caused. Stay tuned to TechRaptor for more info on all things gaming.

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