- Tesla has been considering expanding the scale and scope of in-car entertainment and games
- AMD reveals its collaboration with Tesla to develop its infotainment system
- Tesla looks to invest heavily in gaming as they hire game developers
Tesla Cars to install a high-powered gaming system
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted in January 2020, asking whether people wanted to be able to play The Witcher III: Wild Hunt on their Teslas. We wouldn’t have minded if this was merely a lighthearted tease based on the success of The Witcher Netflix series at the time, since the CEO is renowned for joking around on social media. This was followed by a marketing image of a Model S interior with the aforementioned video-game title on its infotainment screen.
Tesla stated in January that its improved Model X and S vehicles will have a new high-powered game system capable of competing with top game consoles such as PlayStation and Xbox. According to the company’s website, the system will have up to 10 teraflops of computing power, which is only 0.3 teraflops less than the PS5’s processing capacity. It was also affirmed that the devices that combine the CPU and GPU into a single chip will have a processing capacity of up to 10 teraflops.
Elon Musk is known for making bold statements, but perhaps the ability to play AAA games in Tesla automobiles isn’t just a pipe dream after all.
Powered by AMD
AMD, the firm best known for producing the computer processors that power the PlayStation 5, as well as the Xbox Series X and S, stated on Tuesday that it collaborated with Tesla on its infotainment system. During AMD’s Computex 2021 presentation, the chipmaker stated that the current iteration of Tesla’s infotainment system – which will be available in both the new Tesla Model S and X – will be powered by an AMD Ryzen CPU and AMD RDNA 2 GPU.
The system will include gaming console-quality graphics and computing power comparable to Sony’s PS5. The GPU is noteworthy since it is not used to power the infotainment system. AMD CEO Lisa Su acknowledged that it only activates when the customer attempts to play a AAA game in their vehicle.
Tesla has also been employing new game developers, notably those who are familiar with Linux. This indicates that Tesla will invest heavily in gaming in the near future.
Console or Car?
Of course, there’s the question of whether Tesla needs to make its cars into roaming gaming PCs. One can’t play while driving, and there aren’t many instances wherein gaming in a car is preferable over gaming on a console or PC.
Those systems are also much less expensive than the $75,000 starting price for the lowest Model S. Even if you wind up purchasing a PS5 from a scalper for far more than the $500 original price.