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

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)

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

  1. Should be able to use the accelerator pedal as well and it would be great if the steering wheel had force feedback. Would be great for teaching people how to drive actually…

  2. does the wheels of the car actually turn when you play with the steering wheel. Because wouldn't that wear out your tires quickly.

  3. Well here in Australia, I guess if you have enough money to buy a Tesla, you will have enough money to pay the fines and restore your demerit points. If you are behind the wheel of a car, no matter if you are parked, you are in control of said car and if you are playing a game while in control of said vehicle there is a $375 fine and you loose 3 demerit points. Before anyone argues, it is said in the video to not touch the accelerator so obviously if you do there maybe movement which means you are in control of the vehicle and the law here states if a video device is in the view of the driver then they are breaking the law, ask the people who got a fine for the passenger talking on Facechat and that was considered to be in the view of the driver.

  4. Imagine in the future, when there will be transparent displays everywhere. You could transform your normal car into simulator. They just need to adhere an oled panel to the windshield and boom, you got a gaming setup with proper pedals and steering wheel. πŸ˜πŸ€”πŸ˜

  5. Police: "Don't play with your car while your driving!"
    Me: "Sir, if I may call you sir, that is very suggestive sir."

  6. I guess this have the most expensive in-game item (that's not a limited item)
    Since you'll need to actually buy a car to get a new in-game car.

  7. You have to be prepared for the full control of the car to resume when the game exits? Is a resume driving mode to complex for Elon`s genius?

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