You can play Cyberpunk 2077 on the gaming PC inside the new Tesla Model S

Tesla 2021 Model S interior
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The Tesla Model S has just had a 2021 refresh, which in itself wasn't on our list of potential stories, until we realised that it includes a built in gaming PC. Nestled deep in that spacious, swanky, white interior, we might've even gotten our first sighting of a machine running AMD's Navi 23 GPU, though this hasn't been confirmed.

In addition to the already impressive list of entertainment features on the Tesla Model S—including music and media streaming,  960-watt UHF sound system with 22 speaker setup, karaoke facility, and internet browser—now you can play PC games from the comfort of your car.

There's no official spec details floating around on the Tesla site yet, other than it packing "up to 10 teraflops" of processing power. But according to Patrick Schur, software engineer and well-known twitter tech leaker, the machines will utilise a Navi 23 GPU.

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None of this is confirmed on the Tesla site but, if the above spec is anything to go by, it should just about outperform the Radeon RX 5700 XT in raw TFLOPs, which tops out at 9.75 TFLOPs. It's likely to be in the same performance class as the 10.28 TFLOP PS5, which utilises a custom RDNA 2 GPU with 36 CUs running at 2.23GHz.

The promo material teases that the machine should be able to handle The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is a telling last-gen performance bar. But perhaps more excitingly, Elon himself tweeted that it can indeed play Cyberpunk 2077. Whether that's with ray tracing on or not, we're yet to discover.

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The PC can be played from any seat in the car using a wireless controller—preferably not the drivers seat while moving, though. There's no hint as to which controllers are compatible at this point, but one would assume these PC gaming controllers are all on the list. Perhaps Tesla will be bringing out some own-brand controllers, who knows.

There are two screen options for use with the gaming rig: a 17 inch, 2200 x 1300 (potentially touchscreen) display in the middle of the dashboard, and an 8-inch panel jammed between the two front seats, for use by backseat passengers.

I can't believe our first look at Navi 23 might be at the helm of a Tesla. Save some GPU chips for us mortals, daddy Musk. 

Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for three years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.