By CCN: Worried Telsa CEO Elon Musk wasn't packing his cars with enough feature? The tech pioneer wants you to be able to play top video game titles in his vehicles. Tesla is definitely porting over Unity and Epic's Unreal Engine, that Fortnite and Rocket…
By CCN: Worried Telsa CEO Elon Musk wasn’t packing his cars with enough feature? The tech pioneer wants you to be able to play top video game titles in his vehicles. Tesla is definitely porting over Unity and Epic’s Unreal Engine, that Fortnite and Rocket League, run on. Musk also tweeted Microsoft and Roblox to see if they want to be involved too.
In a chain of tweets where the tech billionaire, dropped the bombshell that alongside Unity, Tesla would be porting Unreal Engine. Clearly a massive deal for fans of Epic games and Telsa, Musk is making sure you can keep your gaming skills sharp wherever you may be.
The fact that Rocket League creator Psyonix is owned by Epic and was developed on the third incarnation of the Unreal Engine also brings the E-Sports juggernaut into play. Given that the mercurial CEO states Tesla is currently implementing the platform, this doesn’t seem like a pipe dream either.
Fortnite is currently the biggest gun in town, but Roblox and Minecraft are considerable games in their own right. We will have to wait and see what happens, but it seems unlikely they wouldn’t want to be associated with a cutting edge brand like Tesla. The recent announcement of Minecraft Earth has had Microsoft’s block building game in the limelight recently, and a TSLA/MSFT collaboration would be another tremendous marketing boost for them.
Why put video games in a car? Well, Musk’s thinking here is sensational. One of the chief complaints that people have with fully electric vehicles is the time it takes to charge them. Now you will be able to use charging time to play your favorite games, whether it be Fortnite, Rocket League or any other supported title.
In addition to this, there is an even more interesting long-term strategy. Tesla has aspirations to have their cars driving using fully autonomous autopilot soon. Conceivably, this could make gaming a possibility on the drive to work or that long road trip across the country. Additionally, given that Elon Musk wants to have a vast fleet of robo-taxis, consumers can enjoy Battle Royale while being whisked off to their destination.
Whichever way that you slice it, it’s hard not to see that Tesla is hitting a home run with these plans. We know for sure that the computing power of a Model 3, S, X, or Y can handle it. You aren’t going to be legally allowed to play video games and use Auto-pilot just yet, but that doesn’t seem too far off.
Playing Epic titles like Fortnite in a Tesla is one thing, but Elon Musk has been teasing about real life Rocket League. Was this 2017 tweet exchange with Psyonix a foreshadowing of things to come?
This article was edited by Samburaj Das.
Last modified: May 19, 2019 11:37 AM UTC