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What’s in Tesla’s software update 2020.20.1

June 2, 2020

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 - Updated browser, software on demand, new games and more

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 Forum

From issue #54

2020.20 already rolling out and it comes with Fallout Shelter

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

48.12.1 Software update is here with plenty of goodies. I bet you can't help but smile

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: Twitter

From issue #38

Be prepared for more fun games!

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

Didn’t get Sonic the Hedgehog in the Tesla Holiday Software Update? Here’s why

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

First look at Tesla v10 release notes: Here’s what’s coming

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: Teslarati

From issue #77

Giveaway Alert: Win a Game Controller for your Tesla

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

Holiday Update (2020.48.26)

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
From issue #144

Interview to Elon Musk and Todd Howard

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

MCU1 Pole Position, Breakout and joystick support

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.

From issue #40

One step closer to playing Destiny or Doom in your Tesla

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

Play 'Fallout Shelter' in your Tesla 🎮

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

Play every PC game in your Tesla

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.

From issue #102

Pole Position and Breakout games included with MCU1

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 Forum

From issue #39

Steam integration coming to our Teslas

In a response to John from TOSV, Elon confirmed that there is a Steam integration in progress, and he expects a demo to be available next month.

From issue #225

Support for connecting game controllers to your Tesla vehicle via Bluetooth is coming soon

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

Tesla adds Steam integration in its 2022 Holiday Update

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

Tesla Arcade wireless controller

These two work great for the games and you don’t have to have wires all over:

From issue #82

Tesla is porting Unity into their cars

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: Twitter

From issue #60

Tesla is pressing full steam ahead on a number of high priority features

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: Twitter

From issue #74

Tesla to add chess to Tesla Arcade

According to Tesla’s Twitter account, last week they started rolling out chess to their Arcade Games. The new firmware also adds support for two controllers to Beach Buggy Racing.

From issue #70

v9 is coming and has a bunch of features

A recent tweetstorm from Elon talked about the following being included on the v9 of the firmware:

From issue #19