Tesla Is Adding Classic Atari Games To Their Cars

This is a Tesla Model S. It's also a giant controller for playing classic Atari games, apparently.

Elon Musk announced earlier this morning that the latest version of Tesla's infotainment software, Tesla 9.0, would be patched with something different: classic Atari games.

The games would be playable whenever the car was stationary, and in at least one instance the wheel would function as the controller. Helpful if you didn't want to buy an Ataribox, I guess.

In follow-up tweets, Musk said Tesla was "hoping to include" Missile Command, Tempest and Pole Position in the release.

It's a neat idea if you've already spent the oodles necessary to pick up a Tesla. On the flipside, if you have picked up a Tesla, is this the kind of thing you'd want? Musk did thank Atari in his tweets, which makes me wonder how much work Tesla themselves are doing to implement this. Musk also noted that Tesla was looking to hire game developers "to make super fun games that integrate the centre touch screen, phone [and] car".

I wonder if a Tesla can run Skyrim. Also, I'll just leave this here:


    I guess it's good if you're stuck in traffic and don't have a phone or handheld console? It reminds me of the days that LG(?) TVs would come with Tetris built into them. They should set up multiplayer so you can race other Teslas in racing games.

    Stationary? Screw that, I want a real life Spyhunter.

    Why do I get the feeling that this is asking for a car accident to happen?

    It would be great if you could watch YouTube videos or video files somehow,

    ... when your company lost $742 million dollars, its good to have development priorities.

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