Tesla making progress on Steam integration, demo 'next month'

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison
Elon Musk says Tesla is making progress on its Steam integration
Elon Musk says Tesla is making progress on its Steam integration

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the company is getting closer to integrating Valve's Steam gaming platform into its in-car gaming console. This integration would result in a huge array of video games inside Tesla vehicles.

Elon says that Tesla is making progress on Steam integration and the automaker is aiming for a demonstration next month.

Coincidently Tesla has its AI Day 2 event scheduled for September 30th, which was pushed back from its original August 19th date. Tesla plans to show off its humanoid robot among other "many cool updates." This may be a good time for Tesla to share its progress on Stream integration as well.

Tesla's current in-car gaming adds a lot of value to the Tesla ownership experience, but the automaker has bigger plans for gaming inside its vehicles.

Elon recently stated that “entertainment will be critical when cars drive themselves,” which he believes Tesla can achieve later this year.

In addition to Steam integration, Tesla offers video games inside its vehicles through "Tesla Arcade", which could eventually compete with other gaming platforms such as Apple's AppStore, the Playstation Store, or the Xbox Marketplace.

The new Model S and Model X feature a new gaming computer that is capable of 10 teraflops of processing power, enabling in-car gaming on par with today’s newest consoles.

The new gaming system is integrated and connects to both the front and rear screens inside the Model S and Model X.

Elon also revealed that the new computer has more storage to store more games on the platform. Tesla's Bluetooth controller compatibility will allow gaming from any seat.

The website videocardz compared Tesla's specs with next-gen consoles, showing that at least spec-wise, Tesla's gaming platform in the Model S and X is on-par with the latest generation of gaming consoles.

Tesla owners are excited about the potential for Steam integration coming to their cars soon. While this has been an exciting development, according to Tesla hacker @GreenTheOnly, only the new Model S and X feature the discrete AMD GPU that provides "next-gen" level graphics.

MCU 3-based Model 3 and Model Y vehicles do not include the discrete GPU, which means that some games may be exclusive to the Model S or X.

It's not clear whether Steam integration will be available for MCU 2 vehicles, although Tesla has a history of creating software that supports as many of their cars as possible.

Tesla still occasionally updates their original 2012 Model S vehicles with UI improvements and new features.

Tesla previously highlighted high-end games such as The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077. We should know more soon.

GPU comparison in the Model S/X to the latest video game consoles
GPU comparison in the Model S/X to the latest video game consoles

Tesla Begins Testing FSD in China

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Tesla was recently granted permission to test FSD on Chinese streets – specifically in Shanghai. Just recently, Elon Musk visited China and discussed the potential for FSD to come to China.

Gearing Up for FSD China

This is just the first step for Tesla to begin its customer deployments of FSD – Tesla conducts similar ADAS testing in North America, where special testing vehicles and testing employees run the latest FSD (Supervised) versions against a gamut of real-world, real-life tests.

Tesla has recently been working on translating FSD release notes into multiple languages, alongside building a data center in Shanghai and establishing an FSD Operations and Labelling team at the same center. These are the first, key steps to bringing FSD to a new market that has unique and different traffic rules when compared North America.

China doesn’t have the regulatory hurdles or challenges that Tesla faces in Europe to bring FSD and has been working with Chinese corporations as well as the government, which has now provided its official approval for FSD testing in-country.

We might even see FSD deployed to early testing customers in China by the end of 2025.

ADAS Competitors

There are quite a few competitors in the Chinese market already- with challengers like Xpeng and Xiaomi working on building their own homegrown systems, mostly driven by a mixture of cameras, radars, ultrasonic sensors, and LIDAR. However, many of these systems face similar challenges to other non-Chinese competitors and don’t have the mileage under their belts to tackle Tesla’s dominating lead in data and data processing.

European Union

Tesla is poising itself for an FSD rollout internationally, with increased testing also taking place in the UK, France, and Spain – some of the key locations with unique infrastructure in the European Union. However, some EU-specific regulations restrict how FSD can perform – each and every action must be manually approved by the driver. Until that regulation is changed to adapt to systems like FSD, it won’t be making its way there just yet.

Tesla Cybertruck to Receive Charging Improvements in Upcoming Update

By Karan Singh
Not a Tesla App

Former Tesla VP of Powertrain and Energy Drew Baglino previously mentioned that Cybertruck would be receiving charging improvements soon.

Wes Morrill, Tesla’s Cybertruck lead engineer, recently reposted Baglino’s comments on the charge speed update on June 16th and mentioned that it would be coming soon via OTA.

Charging Improvements

The 4680 cell has seen some difficulties in its charge curve, similar to Tesla’s other vehicles that have been deployed with the 4680. Tesla has alluded to difficulties in the manufacturing curve previously, and also with engineering improvements to the new cell standard, and eventually stopped manufacturing the Model Y with the 4680 cells.

However, this is the first time that Tesla has begun to deploy major improvements to the 4680 cell. It appears the improvements will allow up to 154 miles to be recovered in 15 minutes, which is approximately a 30% improvement to current charge rates.

We’re hoping that these improvements to the 4680 will also translate to older Model Y vehicles that have 4680 cells, which will be key to the owners of these vehicles. 4680 production is currently mainly focused on Powerwall, Megapack, and Cybertruck – with Semi not using 4680 yet.

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