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Tesla rolls out Steam game support for newest vehicle models

Over 6,000 “Deck Verified” games are now playable on the 17-inch central console.

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The newest models of Tesla’s electric vehicles are now Steam-powered. And by that, of course, we mean the vehicles’ central consoles can now access and play thousands of titles from Valve’s popular Steam gaming platform.

The new addition, part of Tesla’s 2022.44.25.1 “holiday update,” is currently only available on the high-end “new” Model S and X vehicles Tesla released in 2022, each of which includes 16GB of onboard RAM (though CEO and founder Elon Musk promised in a tweet that a “retrofit” will be available for older models). The release notes for the update suggest that those vehicles should be able to run any game that has been Verified by Valve for play on the company’s Steam Deck handheld.

The list of Verified games currently includes over 6,000 titles that run on the Deck through SteamOS, most using a compatibility layer to get Windows-coded games running on the Arch Linux-based system. We imagine the even more expansive list of games listed as “Playable” on Steam Deck will also work in these Teslas, though users may run into some specific interface headaches with such titles.

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