First Look at Playing Steam Games in a Tesla

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Tesla integrates Steam into the Model S and Model X
Tesla integrates Steam into the Model S and Model X
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Tesla has integrated Steam's library of thousands of games in its Model S and Model X electric vehicles. In July, Elon Musk said that Tesla would release a demo of the Steam integration by August. The demo never came to fruition, but Musk reiterated the plan to integrate Steam into Tesla vehicles. Tesla just launched a beta version of the video game library as part of its holiday update.

Supported Vehicles

For now, Steam is only available on newer versions of the Model S and X with 16GB of ram, but Elon has said that there will be a retrofit available for earlier S and X models in the future.

Although newer Model 3 and Model Y cars have the AMD Ryzen chip, they did not get beta access to Steam because these vehicles do not have a discrete GPU like the Model S and X. It's not clear whether Steam will eventually be integrated into other MCU 3 cars (with a smaller catalog), including the Model 3 and Model Y, but it's unlikely that it'll ever come to any MCU 2 vehicles.

Storage

Games must be downloaded on WiFi and stored locally in the vehicle. This could be in the vehicle's internal drive, which appears to have about an 80GB partition allocated for games or via external storage. The holiday update that added Steam also added support for external storage devices. Additionally, Tesla has released a 1TB SSD that costs $350 and will be available in February 2023. The SSD offers storage for any vehicle data including dashcam footage but is optimized for fast loading. It is also designed to withstand the potentially extreme temperature fluctuations that can occur inside a car and is guaranteed to have a long life span.

However, owners can use almost any solid-state drive they own. In fact, Tesla's own hard drive appears to just be a rebranded Samsung T7 SSD, which is known for its speed and durability. It currently sells on Amazon for less than $140.

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Cloud Saves

For games that support Steam Cloud, Tesla will automatically sync your game progress, so that you can pick up right where you left off, regardless if you're at home or in your car.

Premium Connectivity

Tesla's Premium Connectivity allows vehicle owners to access more bandwidth-hungry features such as streaming music and video. Although Steam games are downloaded over WiFi, Tesla requires Premium Connectivity to access Steam. This could be due to Tesla keeping your Steam profile and game process synced.

Rear Display

Unfortunately, Tesla does not currently allow users to play Steam on the vehicle's rear 8" display which can be used to watch streaming video while the car is in motion. Tesla could allow this in a future update, but at the moment Steam is limited to the vehicle's 17" display when the vehicle is in park.

Bluetooth Controllers

Along with Steam support, Tesla has added support for Bluetooth controllers and even keyboard and mouse setups in supported games. Tesla says that PS5 controllers work best with this feature.

In June of 2021, Tesla unveiled a proprietary controller which closely resembled a PS5 controller with two analog sticks, four directional buttons and four action buttons. The controller also resembles a steering wheel with a closed-loop design, likely to accommodate racing games. Since the unveiling, we haven’t heard much about the Tesla controller.

Tesla Reduces Price of FSD Subscription to $99 Per Month [Subscriptions Now Available in Canada Too!]

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla just dropped its FSD subscription pricing dramatically in the U.S., lowering the cost from $199 to $99 per month. However, not everyone is thrilled with the new pricing.

For owners who bought the Enhanced Autopilot package for $6,000 USD, Tesla offered a lower-priced FSD subscription of $99, instead of $199. However, with this new FSD price reduction, EAP owners are no longer receiving a discount.

FSD Subscription Expansion

Currently, the FSD subscription is only available in the U.S., but plans for expansion are underway. Tesla's Rohan Patel recently announced that the subscription will soon be available in Canada, alongside the introduction of an annual plan for Premium Connectivity. 

This expansion into the Canadian market is anticipated to follow a similar pricing strategy, adjusted for the currency exchange rate, possibly setting the cost at approximately $140 CAD per month.

Update: Tesla has just announced that FSD subscriptions are now available in Canada! What’s even more surprising is the unexpectedly low subscription price of $99 CAD. Tesla took to X to announce the availability in Canada but unfortunately didn’t reveal any additional information regarding the subscriptions.

Is Buying FSD Still Worth It?

Despite the lowered subscription price, the outright purchase price for FSD remains steep at $12,000. This price point equates to subscribing to the service for over 10 years. Given that the average length of car ownership in the U.S. is about 8 years, this makes the current price of buying FSD unattractive to most. The saving grace of buying FSD is that you know what you're paying for the life of the vehicle and can avoid any potential subscription price increases.

Temporary Reduction or Long-term Strategy?

Tesla has not confirmed whether the price reduction is a temporary promotional tactic or a permanent adjustment. The timing coincides with Tesla's release of FSD v12 and its trial offer, suggesting that the company is keen on encouraging more drivers to experience FSD. This approach not only boosts user engagement but also accelerates the volume of data Tesla can collect to improve the system.

FSD With Referral Credits

Although Tesla hasn't adjusted the price of buying FSD, it is tweaking its referral program to accommodate the new price. Three months of FSD are now available through Tesla's referral program for 6,000 credits, reduced from the previous 12,000 credits.

Tesla's reduction in FSD in the U.S. and its planned expansion into Canada reflect a strategic initiative to make FSD more accessible and financially attractive to a broader audience. There's no doubt this change will increase the number of FSD subscriptions, but it'll be interesting to see how much. To break even, Tesla would need to double the number of subscriptions, but they likely have their eyes set much higher.

If you currently subscribe to FSD, Tesla has automatically reduced future payments to the lower $99 price point.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Additional Features in Upcoming Update

By Not a Tesla App Staff

Tesla frequently introduces new models or trim levels before all the software features are available. This situation also applies to the Cybertruck, where several features are still in development.

In the 2024.8 update, Tesla added a handful of features to help the Cybertruck catch up in the software department, adding features such as Reset Tire Mileage, Rear Passenger Headphones, Auto Wipers and others. Tesla also added a Cybertruck exclusive feature that sets off the truck's alarm if the trailer is unhitched from the vehicle.

However, Tesla continues to improve Cybertruck's software. The company is planning an upcoming update that will let the truck charge faster and add Tesla's convenient cabin overheat protection feature.

According to Tesla's SVP of powertrain and energy, Drew Baglino, the Cybertruck's charging speed is about to be upgraded. This software update, slated for release later this quarter, is set to substantially improve the Cybertruck's charging curve and unlock faster charging times for owners. Baglino said the update will "let the Cybertruck get 154 miles of charge in just 15 minutes." That's a 20% increase over the truck's current 128 miles in 15 minutes.

Early reports on the Cybertruck's 4680 cells revealed a somewhat disappointing charging curve. The truck's charging speed would start at about 250kW, then drop off to about 150kW at ~40%. It would then level off at 75-80kW for the remainder of the charge.

It seems Tesla was being careful with the Cybertruck's new battery pack, but now, the company is ready to unlock additional throughput.

This fits Tesla's usual approach. The company likes to start conservatively and then improve its vehicles over time.

Cabin Overheat Protection

Another feature that's set to arrive on the Cybertruck is Cabin Overheat Protection (COP), according to the Cybertruck's program manager. This feature which keeps the cabin from overheating has been available in other models for several years, but it has yet to be made available for the Cybertruck.

In 2022, Tesla added the ability to customize the temperature at which COP would turn on. Users can now choose COP to activate at 90, 95 or 100º Fahrenheit. The Cybertruck's COP is expected to match the same features available in other models.

Given that Tesla's SVP and program manager have officially commented on these upcoming features, it may not be long before we see them available in an upcoming update.

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