Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the hit video game Stardew Valley will soon be available to play on the in-car Tesla Arcade gaming hub. It joins a suite of games already available, including Cuphead and classic Atari titles.
If long charging times have turned you off to electric cars, Tesla has something to swing you in its favor. CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla is bringing the hit video game Stardew Valley to the Tesla Arcade. “Tesla holiday software update has FSD sneak preview, Stardew Valley, Lost Backgammon & a few other things,” Musk tweeted just before Christmas. The firmware update rolled out a few days later, just in time for the holidays.
Stardew Valley joins Cuphead and other games that are available to play in Tesla’s Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles.
“Cuphead, we’ve got working,” Musk told IGN’s Ryan McCaffrey on the latter’s Tesla-themed Ride the Lightning podcast last June. “It’s a cool game. It’s insanely difficult … by design. It’s sadistically difficult, actually. It’s a twisted plot. It’s dark. It looks like some cute little Disney thing and you’re like, ‘This plot is very dark.'”
Cuphead developer Studio MDHR helped with the port, which was released last summer. It can only be played with a plug-in USB controller.
Cuphead was originally released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One in September 2017. Stardew Valley was first released for Windows in February 2016. Both titles have been ported to numerous consoles and platforms and have been purchased and downloaded by millions of gamers.
A sweet suite of the classics
Stardew Valley and Cuphead have some retro company among the games already available in the TeslAtari emulator. The list of retro titles includes Super Breakout, 2048, Missile Command, Asteroids, Tempest, Lunar Lander, and Centipede. A Tesla version of Pole Position (renamed Mars Madness) used the car’s actual steering wheel and brake pedal, but was removed due to “rights issues.” Musk later said he would like to implement another racing game that uses the car’s controls. This came to be with the release of Beach Buggy Racing 2 in June.
The more cerebral Teslarati may enjoy a rousing game of chess:
The games only function when the car is in park, so don’t get any ideas about shooting down aliens while you’re fighting rush-hour traffic.
More in-car gaming to come
Musk tweeted in May last year that the electric car company was working on porting the Unity and Unreal engines. This could open the door for some of the most popular titles ever released. Musk said he would like to see the Portal series, Minecraft, and Roblox come to Tesla’s screens. The Roblox devs responded to Musk, saying, “Tesla is a favorite for many of our devs. We can bring the world together through play.”Stardew Valley joins Cuphead and other games that are available to play in Tesla’s Model S, Model X, and Model 3 vehicles
Musk revealed in a November 2018 tweet that Tesla tried to get the rights to Mario Kart but was turned down by Nintendo. At E3 2019, Musk and Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard announced the Fallout Shelter port. You can check out the interview via NowThis News.
We all have errands to run in our cars. Just think about how often you’ve been double parked waiting for a friend or loved one. Now think about sitting in your electric car at a charging station. Wouldn’t it be nice to tend to your virtual garden while the battery gets topped off?
What about this “FSD sneak preview” Musk mentioned? It stands for Tesla’s Full Self-Driving feature, which got an early release at the end of 2019. According to the release notes, you will now be able to see traffic lights, signs, road markings, and other objects in your display:
“The driving visualization can now display additional objects that include stop lights, stop signs and select road markings. The stop signs and stop light visualizations are not a substitute for an attentive driver and will not stop the car. To see those additional objects in your driving visualization, tap Controls > Autopilot > Full Self Driving Visualization Preview.”
You can view the full 2019.40.50.1 release notes on Teslascope.
Update notes: Added information from Elon Musk’s tweet announcing ‘Stardew Valley’ for Tesla Arcade, among other announcements.