Tesla Arcade hands-on: the Model 3 is your video game console


– It’s Nick Statt with The Verge, and we’re checking out Tesla
Arcade on a Tesla Model 3. It’s the company’s new video game hub built right into its touch screen. So Tesla has actually had video games built into their center
screen here since last August. They used to hide it in
a secret Easter egg menu so you would tap this Tesla bar up here, and you would pull down and it hid a whole bunch of stuff here,
so not just video games but just like funny fart mode thing here, you can turn your car
into a Mars Rover here. And then if you click this arcade cabinet, you would launch the video games. But now, with their most recent update, they’ve actually pulled
this into the main menu bar. So you click this bar down here and you’ve got charging, calendar energy levels, that kind of thing. You’ve also got arcade
in the far right corner. And there you go, you’re launched right into the full list of titles that are supported on Tesla right now. Now when you launch a game, you’re gonna get a warning screen. Effectively, Tesla is telling you, don’t hit the accelerator
when you’re playing a game. You can hit the brake pedal and it will work in this racing game. The brake pedal will actually have the rear brake lights turn
on while you’re racing. But you’re not supposed
to hit the accelerator and also you have to be prepared for the full control of the car to resume when you exit the game. It’s gonna be disabled while
you’re playing the game. But as soon as you exit, the accelerator’s gonna
start working again, the brake pedal’s gonna
start working again, and the gear stalk’s
gonna start working again. So you need to prepared for all of that. You can’t really be doing this in the middle of the street or in traffic. They really don’t you to do that. So Beach Buggy Racing 2 is a game you can play on Android
phones and tablets. The developer, Vector Unit, works specifically works with Tesla to port the game over to its vehicles. Now, it’s gonna have a few key tweaks. The first is that you’re
actually gonna be able to play as your own Tesla vehicle,
so it’s gonna know the make and color of your car. And it’s gonna know that because it’s gathering it from the software. Now the other key difference is that instead of using
touchscreen controls, you can actually steer
with your Tesla vehicle. So when you’re steering with
the Tesla steering wheel, it’s gonna have you
automatically have you driving, so it’s pressing the accelerator for you. You can brake, using the
touchscreen controls here. But you can also brake using the actual brake pedal of your Tesla vehicle. And it’ll even show brake lights. So the point of this is not to distract you while you’re driving, right? It’s to give you something fun to do while you’re waiting
for your car to charge or you’ve got some time to kill
and you’re sitting in park. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, he’s
always loved video games. He basically designed his own video game before he was even a teenager so he’s got an interest in
doing this kind of fun stuff. And also, it’s just a pretty cool thing. Tesla basically has an iPad sitting in the center of their infotainment center. It’s got a powerful processor, it’s got an internet connection. So basically it’s no
different than a tablet and it can do the things
that a tablet can do, and Tesla wants to kind of
emphasize that with Arcade. (beeps)

100 comments

  1. Jeez I am waiting for you for so long. I played 1 hour of racing game in my tesla. Ow god… the car battery is out of juice now…

  2. Police:
    You can't use your phone while driving
    Tesla:
    Okey, no problem, we have Tesla Game Console

  3. Imagine being beaten by a bot and you rage so hard you end up breaking the steering wheel off 🤣🤣

  4. Someone’s bound to just snap off the steering wheel with their super human strength To hit those curves and not lose and/or slam the brakes to avoid something out of pure impulse.

  5. Yes instead of driving "LeT's PLAy vIdeO GaMes" I can see some jackass doing this in the traffic pattern now

  6. Thought this was shovelware. The fact they're making a custom version proves otherwise. I'll check it out.

  7. whats the reason to have the screan on side imagine playing that and after time u have neck pain cus u twist your neck to look at screen

  8. Can you play the games while driving with just thr touch screen so maybe if the passenger wants to play a game

  9. once all the windows of the car are infused with nanotechnology and can be their own displays and you can play a racing game with the graphical fidelity of a AAA racing game then it will be cool..

  10. Port Forza, Need for Speed, or Gran Turismo onto one of those and make the accelerator, brake pedal, and steering wheel correspond. That'd be dope.

  11. 2017: People going outside to get hit by cars in Pokemon Go
    2019: People going outside to hit other people with cars in Tesla

  12. Before adding better racing games, I hope tesla make the screen movable like to the front of the driver but only when in park mode…that way you don't get a stiff neck. Also, does your car front wheels also steers when your playing these racing games?

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