A video posted by Tesla also seems to tease us with another Atari classic.
Late last year, Tesla rolled out a batch of games and apps in the 48.12 software update. In addition to Romance Mode and the ability to make your car fart on demand, a number of arcade games were added including arcade classics like Centipede. What better way to pass the time while charging your Model 3 than with a collection of classic Atari games? Soon after, a custom version of Pole Position and USB controller support was added.
Unfortunately, not every driver got access to the new toys. The initial batch of games (Missile Command, Lunar Lander, Centipede and Asteroids) were made available to all Tesla owners. While every Model 3 received the new game updates, older models of the S and X were missing features. Model S and Model X vehicles produced in 2017 or earlier did not have access to Pole Position or USB controller support.
But now, 2016 Model S owners will no longer feel left out. The custom Tesla themed version of Pole Position has been removed. Most gamers likely assumed Namco or Atari had signed a deal for Epic Games store exclusivity. But this was not the case, as Tesla was simply having rights issues with the game.
Pole Position was originally developed by Namco but licensed and distributed by Atari in the United States. The original game also featured a significant number of real world brands. So the rights issues were likely convoluted and not worth the trouble.
So far, no new racing games have been added. However, the automaker has announced two additional arcade games are beaming to vehicles now. Tesla tells us that the latest update has already begun rolling out to owners, but it will take several weeks to reach the entire fleet. Owners can connect their cars to Wi-Fi to receive the software update more quickly. The newest games to join the service are Super Breakout and 2048.
Interestingly, Tesla also released a short video on twitter that seems to indicate another classic game might be on its way. Perhaps we're mistaken, but this appears to showcase Tempest rather than 2048. This video can also be watched on Tesla's Youtube page.
Check out the full game list and controller compatibility below:
Current Game List:
Super Breakout (NEW)
Known Compatible Game Controllers Via USB (currently MCU2 vehicles only):
Here are some controllers that have been tested and confirmed to work with the Model 3 and newer X and S vehicles. Note that these only work when plugged in with USB. All official Xbox One and Xbox 360 pads appear to function normally. Most PS4 controllers also work. PS3 controllers and PS2 controllers with USB adapters do not.
Many budget third party controllers also do not work correctly. But we have listed a few below that have been confirmed as compatible by owners around the web.
If you have had a chance to try out any other game pads or joysticks, let us know in the comments below and we will add them to the list. As far as we are aware, USB controller input has not been added to pre-2017 Models, but if this has changed for you drop us a comment.