Tesla will show Steam integration next month
Earlier this week, Tesla “Technoking” Elon Musk tweeted that the company was getting closer to releasing its in-car integration of Valve’s Steam gaming service to take its in-car gaming platform to the next level.
The gaming feature built into the latest version of the Tesla operating system has generated a lot of controversy in recent months, and the ability to play distracting video games while the car is in motion has garnered a lot of heat from the NHTSA, forcing institutions as prestigious as the New York Times to spend buckets of ink to cover the subject.
Despite this, the play functions – especially for the rear passengers – are very popular with parents of young children. When the refreshed Model S first bowed with its new interior, our very own Zachary Shahan wrote: “One of the biggest factors for me is the touchscreen, which I’m very happy to see now. to match the touchscreen of the Model 3 and Model Y. And the extra screen on the back for the kids is, well, let’s be honest, a huge help at times. I much prefer this to portable tablets, and it’s easier to say “okay, time to take a break” and turn it off while driving.
Enough people seem to feel the same way that Tesla is not only developing a Steam integration to allow Model S owners to play other people’s games, but is developing its own in-house gaming division. It’s true: Tesla makes video games, and the proof is in job postings like this, for “Video game engineer, infotainment software.”
In case he goes missing, the job description reads:
What to expect
- Design, architect, implement and debug gaming platform interfaces and systems
- Rapid prototyping and ownership of fun in-car customer experiences
- Work with a cross-functional team of software engineers, QA, designs, hardware engineers, and game developers
- Communicate with game development and publishing partners
- Mastery of C++
- Excellent command of fundamental computer concepts
- Experience writing and shipping code to customers
- Willingness and curiosity to learn new technologies in any area of the stack: UI, rendering, kernel, protocol, server
- Experience in creating cutting-edge products in the video game industry
- High standards for code quality, maintainability and performance
Tesla strives to make its cars as fun as possible. bringing video game experiences to the car helps increase that enjoyment. In this incredibly rare opportunity to help build a video game platform, we are looking for a highly motivated software engineer to enable the best video game content to be available in the car. Come put that industry experience to good use and help us build that platform. You will need strong software engineering skills, excellent interpersonal communication, and experience to accept and give meaningful feedback on technical designs. You will need to contribute to many different areas to make the projects successful, which can range from modifying code at the kernel level, creating the vehicle UI, shaping in-game behavior, all the way to helping developers work with our platform. You will be responsible for bringing fun gaming experiences to Tesla vehicles and will collaborate with our top-notch design team and back-end developers to help create this platform. Our goal is to set the bar for what video games can be in a car; much of this is uncharted territory that has never been done before. We want to work with people who are passionate about this goal and who have the talent to achieve it.
what you will do
What you will bring
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