Tesla Arcade: the car becomes a console!
Tesla just announced Tesla Arcade, videogame platform that will be available across its entire range. Shown for the first time in San Francisco, Tesla Arcade allows you to use the car, with steering wheel and infotainment display, as a real game console.
The Verge colleagues had the opportunity to get their hands on this new function and the first game offered: Beach Buggy Racing 2. Game that they were able to try using, in fact, the steering wheel as controller and the display game screenaboard a Model 3.
Tesla Arcade: what does it offer?
Tesla has always treated its electric vehicles as if they were computers, or objects in any case tech. Over the years, in fact, many functions have been developed in that direction. Autonomous driving, OTA updates, with small easter-eggs, are commonplace on a Tesla. Tesla Arcade, therefore, is the latest declination of this path.
Thanks to an update, Tesla users will receive the video game Beach Buggy Racing 2, along with other Atari classics. In addition, Tesla is also promoting Cuphead support, made by Studio MDHR. To access the games, just press one icon shaped arrow in the main menu. Icon that gives access to the games section.
As mentioned earlier, the game controller is the wheel itself, coupled with the brake pedal. No, the accelerator cannot be used, it will be disabled. Pedal and steering wheel, therefore, which allow you to control the vehicle in the game, in a quite realistic way. Tesla worked with Vector Unitjust to allow operation likely.
Beach Buggy Racing 2
The game modes offered will be two, one single-player and one multi-player for 2 players.
In the case of the single, you can use the steering wheel together with the touch controls, or one of the two individually. The two-player mode, on the other hand, will resume the classic ones with split screen.
The wheel as a controller is very responsive thanks, in particular, to the software that makes it light, making it look like a game controller. However, you can set the steering wheel sensitivity and stiffness. The use of the steering wheel, therefore, represents the extra something and is preferable to touch controls, according to the journalist of The Verge.
The opportunity to play with a Tesla was anticipated directly by Elon Musk during E3. During the conference, the CEO and Founder of Tesla had talked about being able to play Fallout Shelter on his cars.
It will be possible to try Tesla Arcade in all dealerships on June 30th, even if a release date has not yet been formalized.
The idea of being able to use the car as a game console is certainly interesting and very in Musk style. Of course, it remains to be seen how much a person will want to use the car as a console and why. But certainly Tesla Arcade is another way to show the power and the technology behind the electric vehicles par excellence.
Here the video of the test.