Tesla has unveiled refreshed versions of its Model X and Model S cars, revealing that both are equipped with gaming hardware supporting “up to 10 teraflops of processing power”. This theoretically puts a car within the ballpark of a new generation console.
The Tesla models, priced in excess of $80,000 and shipping in March, are fitted with hardware to power Tesla Arcade, an in-car gaming system that is already available in current Tesla models. The difference is that previous models are only able to run less demanding games such as Cuphead and Cat Quest, while the promotional materials for the new Tesla models show The Witcher 3 displayed on the 17” central console. This suggests a significant step up for the car’s gaming potential.
Specifics on how powerful the car’s gaming rig is isn’t easy to tell, as the quoted “up to 10 teraflops of processing power” can’t be directly translated to the power of a PS5, which is capable of 10.28 teraflops. The accompanying components must also be taken into account, and Tesla has offered no details on the full specs of the hardware. It’s unclear if Nvidia or AMD GPUs are being used, or if it all comes from Tesla’s own system-on-a-chip. And while The Witcher 3 is an impressive game by… err… car standards, it’s very much a last-gen experience now. Theoretically, though, the system in the new Teslas is capabale of strong gaming performance.
Scant details about the gaming system can be found on both the Model X and Model S pages on the Tesla website, under the Interior Feature Details section. Tesla Arcade will support wireless controllers for gaming from any seat, played through two entertainment displays are located in the center console and between the front seats for rear passengers. Presumably games can’t be played on the main 2200×1300 resolution center screen while driving, for obvious reasons.
Want to play The Witcher game on your Tesla? (you can already watch the show on Tesla Netflix theater)
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 22, 2020
Tesla owner Elon Musk previously teased the idea of playing The Witcher 3 in a Tesla on Twitter, with thousands voting in his poll to say they’d like to do such an absurd thing. Just days later, we got this news. While unconfirmed, the use of The Witcher 3 in the official marketing images suggests that Witcher developer CD Projekt is bringing the game to Tesla Arcade.
To play games, including The Witcher 3, in your car without spending $80,000+, might we suggest the more reasonably priced Nintendo Switch? It’s even getting a new Red and Blue Mario-themed version, which will go nicely with any car sporting red or blue paintwork.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.