Elon Musk wants to turn Tesla into game consoles

The boss of Tesla has confirmed that the company is working on the integration of Unity and Unreal Engine graphic rendering engines, which would allow to run modern video games and even control them with the steering wheel and pedals of the car!

When introducing the latest major update 9.0 of its embedded operating system, Tesla has, as usual, gratified its customers with a little surprise. These  Easter Eggs, as the builder called it, were an Atari arcade emulator from the 1970s and 1980s. On the Tesla Model S, X or 3’s central touchscreen, passengers can play at  Asteroids, Missile Command, Centipede, Super Breakout, 2048 or  Lunar Lander, when the vehicle is stationary. And Tesla does not intend to stop there.

In discussions with several Tesla owners on Twitter, Elon Musk revealed that his teams of developers are currently working on the adaptation of the Unity and Unreal Engine rendering engines, which would pave the way for the arrival of a potential toy library. Very consequent. Unity is a multiplatform engine running games known as  Pokémon Go, Hearthstone or Cuphead. Unreal Engine is the most used rendering engine in the video game industry.

Soon a karaoke mode in the Tesla

All to his enthusiasm, the boss of Tesla said he would like to be able to offer games like  Quake, Portal, Roblox, and Minecraft. In addition to this port, Elon Musk raised the possibility of controlling future video games not only with a controller like Xbox or PlayStation but with the wheel and pedals of a Tesla, obviously stopped. And for those who do not love video games, a karaoke function is planned in the next update 10.0 of the OS.

For now, this video game function is more of a gadget than anything else. At best, it can keep the occupants of a Tesla waiting while the car is charging. But it could take another dimension the day when fully autonomous driving will be available, and it will be necessary to entertain the passengers during a trip.