Elon Musk Teased Tesla’s New Model S Plaid Could Run Cyberpunk 2077 earlier this year, and he has now showcased the car’s “PS5-level performance.” The updated Model S includes a new Tesla infotainment system, powered by AMD’s Ryzen processor and a discrete AMD RDNA 2 GPU.
“There’s never been a car with state-of-the-art computer technology, state-of-the-art infotainment where this is literally on the level of a PlayStation 5,” Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said at a demo event last night. “This is real PlayStation 5 level performance…yes, it can run Cyberpunk. It’s a high frame rate, it’ll do 60fps with state of the art games.”
AMD revealed last week that it is powering this new infotainment system in both the new Model S and Model X, with 10 teraflops of processing power. That in itself is nearly identical to the 10.28 teraflops found on Sony’s PlayStation 5, although Tesla’s total computing power includes both the integrated and discrete GPUs, so it won’t be a full 10 teraflops for gaming alone.
We only saw a short demo of Cyberpunk 2077 running at high frame rates on the $130,000 Model S Plaid at Tesla’s event, alongside a closer look at the updated UI on the infotainment system.
In separate demonstrations after the event, some Tesla fans were able to snap photos of what appears to be a Tesla-branded game controller. It is not clear whether the controller, which mimics the shape of the car’s steering wheel, is a dummy unit or not. It appears next to an Xbox controller in a photo published by Reddit users (above), and videos appear to show the Xbox controller being used to play Cyberpunk 2077.
You may be wondering why you need PS5 level gaming achievements in your car, which the Technoking is happy to answer. “If you think about the future where the car is often on autopilot or fully self-driving mode, entertainment is becoming increasingly important,” Musk said. Until that becomes a reality, we hope to see the people at Digital Foundry compare a car with the latest AAA games with powerful PCs, the PS5 and the Xbox Series X.