Tesla is getting serious about video gaming in its cars, and Elon Musk says they’ll have Steam integration ready to show next months!
Tesla’s “Technoking” Elon Musk has been talking up plans to add Valve’s Steam gaming service to the company’s cars for months. Now, a fresh tweet from Musk makes it seem like they’re getting closer to releasing an in-car integration of Steam as part of a plan take Telsa’s in-car gaming platform to the next level.
The ability play video games that’s already baked into the latest version of the Tesla OS has generated lots of controversy for the electric car brand in recent months. Those games can allegedly be played while the car is in motion, and lead to drivers’ distractions that have drawn the attention of the NHTSA, the New York Times, and others.
Despite that, Tesla is pushing ahead with gaming – and not just Steam games, either: the company is currently hiring game developers of its own! You can check out the listing here, and we’ve copied the text, below, in case it gets taken down.
What to Expect
Tesla strives to make its cars the most fun possible; bringing video game experiences to the car helps increase that fun. In this incredibly rare opportunity to help build a video games platform, we are looking for a highly motivated software engineer to enable the best video game content to be available in-car. Come put that industry experience to great use and help us build this platform. You will need strong software engineering skills, excellent interpersonal communication, and experience accepting and giving meaningful feedback on technical designs. You will be expected to contribute to many different areas to make projects succeed, that may range anywhere from making kernel level code changes, creating vehicle UI, crafting in-game behavior all the way through to helping developers work with our platform. You will be responsible for bringing fun game experiences to Tesla Vehicles and will need to collaborate with our top-notch design team and back-end developers to help create this platform. Our goal is to set the bar for what video games in a car can be; much of this is uncharted territory having never been done before. We want to work with people who are excited by this goal and have the talent to deliver on it.
What You’ll Do
- Design, architect, implement and debug game platform interfaces and systems
- Rapid prototyping and ownership of fun in-car customer experiences
- Work with a cross-functional team of Software Engineers, QA, Designs, Hardware engineers and Game Developers
- Communicate with game development and publishing partners
What You’ll Bring
- Proficient in C++
- Excellent grasp of fundamental computer science concepts
- Experience writing and shipping customer-facing code
- Willingness & curiosity to learn new technologies in any area of the stack: UI, Rendering, Core, Protocol, Server
- Experience building state of the art products in the video game industry
- High standards for code quality, maintainability, and performance
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SOURCE | IMAGES: ELON MUSK, VIA TWITTER.