Tesla Arcade hands-on: the Model 3 is your article game console – Its Nick Statt with The Verge, and were checking out Tesla Arcade on a Tesla Model 3. Its the companys new article game hub built right into its touch screen. So Tesla has actually had article 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 article 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 article games. But now, with their most recent update, theyve actually pulled this into the main menu bar.
So you click this bar down here and youve got charging, calendar energy levels, that kind of thing. Youve also got arcade in the far right corner. And there you go, youre launched right into the full list of titles that are supported on Tesla right now. Now when you launch a game, youre gonna get a warning screen.
Effectively, Tesla is telling you, dont hit the accelerator when youre 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 youre racing.
But youre 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. Its gonna be disabled while youre playing the game. But as soon as you exit, the accelerators gonna start working again, the brake pedals gonna start working again, and the gear stalks gonna start working again. So you need to prepared for all of that. You cant really be doing this in the middle of the street or in traffic.
They really dont 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, its gonna have a few key tweaks.
The first is that youre actually gonna be able to play as your own Tesla vehicle, so its gonna know the make and color of your car. And its gonna know that because its 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 youre steering with the Tesla steering wheel, its gonna have you automatically have you driving, so its 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 itll even show brake lights.
So the point of this is not to distract you while youre driving, right? Its to give you something fun to do while youre waiting for your car to charge or youve got some time to kill and youre sitting in park. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, hes always loved article games. He basically designed his own article game before he was even a teenager so hes got an interest in doing this kind of fun stuff. And also, its just a pretty cool thing.
Tesla basically has an iPad sitting in the center of their infotainment center. Its got a powerful processor, its got an internet connection. So basically its 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