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Tesla's latest software update, 2020.20.1, is being rolled out and brings the 'Fallout Shelter' game to your car. It also introduces improvements to Tesla Theater and TRAX. This is all for cars with MCU2 only (Model 3/Y and Model S/X built after end of March 2018).
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2019.12 has been released to a few cars - surprisingly 2018.8.X is still releasing - and it brings a tesla browser, more Atari games, and the highly expected feature to download new software on demand. Honestly, reading the release notes we can’t tell if going forward we are going to be able to ask our car to download the newest software or if it would need Tesla to stage it as they do now. If is the later, I guess this is useful for folks not always on wifi or to know if something is wrong with your car and you should call your SC, but if is the former, we are really looking forward to it!
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #54
According to several people on Reddit and some other folks on Twitter (thank you @teslascope), 2020.20 just started to roll out and it seems to be Early Access only.
What’s new in 2020.20:
- Fallout Shelter
- Theater improvements
- TRAX improvements.
We knew Fallout Shelter was coming since almost a year ago when Elon Musk and Todd Howard talked about it at E3 but it is still a big deal to release a full form game to our cars!
Read more: Reddit
From issue #112
Here’s what’s new in the latest software update:
- Keep Climate On
- Romance Mode
- Pole Position
- Emissions Testing
- USB Game Controller support
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #38
Elon’s obsession with making Teslas the most fun cars to drives doesn’t stop. He recently asked on Twitter about ideas to get a multiplayer Minecraft, augmented reality games like Pokémon Go, or versions of Pacman and Mario Kart, to work in a Tesla. I would personally love a version of the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to safely play in my future Model Y.From issue #111
It seems that cars having non-data USBs in the center console are missing Sonic the Hedgehog, Cuphead, and Car Quest, all the games that need an external controller to be played. At this point, it is unclear if Tesla will retrofit these cars or what will happen. Interestingly, you can still connect a controller to the USB in your glove box, but that won’t make the games show up.From issue #198
v10 got released to folks in the Early Access Program a few days ago, here’s what’s new:
- Tesla Theater: As Elon advanced on Twitter, Tesla are getting Netflix and YouTube through dedicated apps
- Caraoke: Card + Karaoke = Caraoke. This feature allows users to sign along their favorite tracks. According to the release notes, this feature is only available while in park. We think it’d be fun to have it while driving too, for passengers only of course
- Cuphead: Tesla Arcade is getting some serious games, Cuphead was announced a while ago and now is hitting the cars
- I’m feeling lucky / I’m feeling hungry: As we advanced a few weeks ago thanks to greentheonly, these two options are now part of the navigation
- Maps improvements: When searching for a destination the autocomplete now shows the distance to the place
- Sentry mode improvements: Sentry mode now records videos in a new folder to easily distinguish between Sentry recorded videos and Dashcam videos that you saved. It also overrides older Sentry videos when full
- Joe Mode: Quieter chimes to avoid waking up your Joe’s family
- Driving visuals: Additional objects, lane lines, and adjust the zoom and viewing angle
- Automatic lane change: The visualization now displays where the car is going
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #77
For the Tesla owners and gamers out there… This week we’ve partnered with Evannex to give away a Game Controller for your Tesla 🎮 Head out to Twitter to participate. Good luck 🍀From issue #187
Trevor from Tesla Owners Online walks us through Tesla’s Holiday Update.
- New UI (like the one in the FSD Beta version)
- Polytopia, Cat Quest, and a bunch of other new cool games
- Boombox - Or how to personalize external/horn sounds (needs external speakers)
- Driving visualization improvements
- Scheduled departure improvements
- Emission testing mode improvements
- Supercharging display improvements
- Release notes are easier to navigate with categories
Interesting interview to Elon and Todd Howard (The Elder Scrolls, Fallout) about games and Tesla. This interview includes a first look at Cuphead and Beach Buggy Racing 2 running on a Model 3. If you are into games at all, I recommend you to check it out!
BTW, Tesla just announced their event ‘Experience the Tesla Arcade’ in all showroooms from now until the end of the month. You can bring your friends and family to a Tesla showroom to experience the new Tesla Arcade by RSVPing here.From issue #64
We already reported greentheonly’s findings about Pole Position and Breakout included in MCU1. Some people speculated that they weren’t disabled because it’s “slow” and Tesla wouldn’t do it otherwise. Here is a video proving that it actually plays flawlessly.#40
A few months ago, Mother Frunker tried playing the recently launched Stadia -a cloud gaming service developed and operated by Google- in his Tesla. However, it would not load any game within the Tesla browser. Just last week there have been some updates and… the games will load now, but it’s still not possible to connect a controller. So close though! Check out his video with more details, you could be playing Doom while Supercharging soon.From issue #125
A new software update is rolling out and it brings Model 3/Y owners (and everyone else with MCU2) a new videogame to play in your car: Fallout Shelter. 2020.20.1 also brings Theater and TRAX improvements (let your creativity run wild!).
We installed 2020.20.1 earlier this week and, unfortunately, for our Model S with MCU1 and AP2.5, it does not bring any new features 😢From issue #114
RainwayApp brings you the joy of being able to play any PC game you want in your Tesla (while parked). You’ll need to create a ‘Dashboard’ in a PC (just once) to be able to access the games from any browser. Including your Tesla’s.
greentheonly confirmed both Pole Position and Breakout games are included with the MCU1 firmware and they work perfectly. They are just not enabled by default.
We’re big fans of greentheonly (or verygreen) and we really want to thank you for sharing your knowledge, this newsletter wouldn’t be the same without you.
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #39
This is great, especially for those missing the data ports in the center console who can’t play Cuphead, Sonic, and Cat Quest.From issue #202
As part of the its 2022 holiday update, Tesla has integrated Steam, a gaming platform, into the newer Model S and X, refreshed Model S and X will able to retrofit the necssary ram and hardrive into their cars to enable this. The new feature will allow Tesla owners to have access to a wider collection of games to enjoy. This integration is in line with Musk’s vision for the future of Tesla, makign Tesla the most fun you could possibly have in a car.From issue #246
Elon tweeted that Tesla is actually porting Unity and seems it’s in the plans to port the Unreal Engine too. Unity is a popular game engine, a piece of software that game creators use to build their games on top of it. Some of the most popular games built on Unity are Kerbal Space Program, Wasteland 2, and Assassin’s Creed: Identity. This would open the door to many more games to reach our cars - assuming that Tesla lets other people release games - or at least would make it easier for Tesla to develop or port many more games.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #60
According to greentheonly and after him taking a look at 2019.32, “feeling lucky” nav mode and “downloadable game packs” are nearly complete. According to the code that he saw there is also a new feature called “Smart AC Charging” coming soon too!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #74
A recent tweetstorm from Elon talked about the following being included on the v9 of the firmware:
- Atari games Including Tempest, Missile Command and Pole Position, this last one linked to the actual car steering wheel
- Dashcam and improved AP
- Ability to install software updates from your phone
- And (maybe) the ability to manually check for updates
- It would introduce a new level of autonomy. It is unclear if he means L3 or if just a better L2 but one can only dream!