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LOS ANGELES — Coming soon to a Tesla screen near you: A racing game that uses the car’s steering wheel.
This came straight from avid gamer and Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles.
“I mean, if you have a racing game and you have a steering wheel…it’s sitting right there, waiting to be steered,” Musk said.
Though he did not announce when the game, “Beach Buggy Racing 2,” would be available, he said that along with the steering wheel, the brake would also be wired into the game.
Musk also announced along with his stage mate, Bethesda Softworks executive producer Todd Howard, that the simulation game “Fallout Shelter” would also be coming to Tesla cars.
Tesla previously announced that the popular run-and-gun video game “Cuphead” would be added to its cars. The game has 1930s-style graphics, and its premise is to fight to pay back a debt to the devil. All three games will be available to every Tesla model with an over-the-air software update.
Before you get too revved up about getting your hands on these new games, Musk emphasized that, as with the classic games currently available on the car, you have to be in park to play the games – say, like when the car is charging or waiting to pick up someone – but adding that he’s trying to make the experience “as fun as possible”.
And you’ll be able to connect their PS4 or Xbox controllers to the car for better gameplay than screen tapping.
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During his live-streamed conversation at E3, Musk opened up about the effect video games had on developing his career, saying if he hadn’t played them, he wouldn’t have started programming.
“I think video games are a powerful force for getting young kids interested in technology. It has a bigger effect than most people realize,” he said. “…I wouldn’t been as interested in technology and computers if it wasn’t for video games.
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Musk added that when they interview people for jobs at his companies, which include SpaceX and Tesla, most applicants say they play video games and it got them into programming and coding, and, he said, they’re often the best developers.
Talking a bit of shop, Musk also said we can expect the new Tesla pickup truck “hopefully” by the end of the summer. He said it doesn’t look like a normal vehicle and has a “Blade Runner feel”.
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