Steam is no longer just for Windows, Mac, and Linux users

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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  • We all know Steam as our go-to PC gaming platform and store.
  • Now, Ellon Musk is trying to integrate Steam into Tesla vehicles.
  • The Tesla CEO actually promised support for the Steam titles.
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Most of us have used Steam at least once, and the platform is undoubtedly the most popular online gaming platform/store in the world.

As you know, Steam is available to all Windows, Mac, or Linux users for free. The only thing you pay for when you use Steam is the games themselves.

In fact, Steam has become so popular over the years that it’s pretty much impossible to mention PC gaming without at least saying the app’s name at least once.

And, since you use Steam on the Windows OS, we can show you what to do if an update is stuck or not downloading, or how to add Microsoft Store and Xbox Games on Steam.

The company has always made efforts to collaborate with the Redmond tech giant, even providing Windows drivers for its latest Steam Deck device.

By the way, if you ordered yourself a Steam Deck handheld gaming PC, here’s a calculator to help you anticipate when your device will ship.

Why did we say that the app will no longer be only for Windows, Mac, and Linux users? Because, get this, it’s going to be an integral part of Tesla cars as well.

You will be able to run Steam and play games in your Tesla

Some of you might think this is a joke, but Tesla is apparently looking to expand its collection of in-car games by integrating the Steam app. 

In fact, Tesla CEO Elon Musk personally said that the company’s making progress with Steam integration and that we can expect a demo probably next month (August 2022).

If you know only a little bit about these cars, you surely found out that Tesla already offers a number of games through the built-in Tesla Arcade.

That being said, you have to realize how big adding Steam’s digital storefront to the car’s software could actually be.

Such a move could give users access to the entire Steam gaming catalog, which means that you can take a break from your drive, pull over, have a sandwich, and play Cyberpunk 2077.

Keep in mind that, even though this information is out, it’s still unknown if the integration will go so far as to allow users to make purchases on Steam while sitting in their cars.

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Another question is if the car’s software can support all games in the Steam catalog and if this will affect the car’s performance at all.

People that kept a close eye on this matter remember that Ellon Musk still hasn’t delivered on promises to bring Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher to newer Model S and X vehicles.

Before you ask how can these cars run such complex and demanding games, know that they come outfitted with an AMD Ryzezn processor and a discrete AMD RDNA 2 GPU.

So, it’s safe to say that we can imagine our Tesla vehicles as extensions of our gaming dens, provided we don’t bring other devices on our trips.

Things are moving so fast technology-wise, that it would be surprising to see Windows 11, or even the upcoming Windows 12 running in these vehicles.

We remind you that recent details point to Microsoft moving back to a three-year release for new Windows operating systems.

This means that newer versions of Windows could end up being the official OS for quite a number of cars, provided Microsoft creates new partnerships in that direction.

What other Windows apps/features would you like to see run natively in your own car? Share your opinions with us in the comments section below.

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