The Tesla CEO just confirmed that the company is "making progress with Steam integration." In addition, Elon Musk revealed that he expects Tesla to start running a demo of Steam by "next month."
Tesla's line of vehicles isn't new to gaming. For example, someone opened up the Model S Plaid's in-car entertainment system last year to find out that Musk wasn't kidding when he claimed that the car could run games like The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.
Shortly after, Tesla found itself in hot water due to safety concerns after videos of Tesla drivers playing video games went viral online.
We’re making progress with Steam integration. Demo probably next month.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2022
At the moment, Tesla drivers can already access and play games like Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and Cuphead via Tesla Arcade. But, once Tesla fully integrates with Steam, Tesla drivers will be able to access far more games. We'll likely find out soon enough what games certain Tesla cars can and cannot run.
We can also assume that Musk's statement puts the company a few steps closer to his earlier promises that newer Model S and X vehicles can run Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with its AMD Ryzen processor and AMD RDNA 2 GPU.
Don't forget, we're not just talking about the two aforementioned CD Projekt RED games.
If Steam integration is in full effect, the digital games distribution platform can bring far more than 50,000 games to Tesla vehicles. This will effectively turn Tesla cars into a functional version (also a lot more expensive) of the still-elusive Steam Deck. You might even have an easier time getting your hands on a Tesla Model S and X than Valve's proprietary handheld gaming console.
Just don't expect to play Steam games while driving your Tesla. The company disabled this feature in December and it's highly unlikely it will let owners game while driving anytime soon.
Speaking of Cyberpunk 2077, its effect on the video game industry is starting to become more evident. Microsoft, for example, cited Cyberpunk 2077 as the reason for the Starfield delay. CDP also reported a huge drop in its valuation two years following the release of Cyberpunk 2077.