This hack allows you to play Steam games on an Apple TV using Tesla

This hack allows you to play Steam games on an Apple TV using Tesla

Tesla Model S and Model X now offer Steam integration, making it possible to stream games to an Apple TV using the Steam Link app.


A Reddit user has revealed a hack to play Steam games on an Apple TV using a Tesla. To increase protection and retain existing customers, Tesla has invested heavily in entertainment options for its cars. Users can stream Netflix, Hulu and YouTube on the car screens, or play games such as Beach Buggy Racing 2, Cup head, Cyberpunk 2077, Fallout Shelterand more via Tesla Arcade.


Tesla recently announced its annual holiday update that brought many new features to its cars, including support for Apple Music and Steam games. Taking advantage of the latter, Reddit user u/tearaway_Tea (via Electrek) revealed a hack that allows Tesla Model S and Model X owners to stream games from the car’s computer to an Apple TV. The solution is made possible by using the Steam Link app. All that is required for this to work is that the Tesla and Apple TV are connected to the same local network.

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The hack is absolutely brilliant – by downloading the Steam Link app on Apple TV, Tesla users can play their entire Steam library without investing in an additional gaming computer. Plus, playing games on a big screen TV at home is a much better gaming experience than using a wireless controller in the cramped confines of a Tesla. The only condition for this to work, apart from being on the same local network, is that the Tesla must be within range of the Apple TV. It should be quite manageable if the car is parked in a garage, but it might not work in an apartment building.

While the hack makes for a fun experiment, it doesn’t really make sense given that a person playing Steam games on their Tesla will likely have a gaming rig at home as well. It’s worth noting that only Model S and X devices built in the last two years can run Steam games, as they have powerful gaming computers. The top models in Tesla’s lineup are both priced at $100,000 and above, making these more expensive electric cars exempt from the federal tax credit that starts for the cheaper Model 3 and Model Y in 2023.

Meanwhile, Tesla is offering a double discount on the Model 3 and Y, equivalent to the maximum credit of $7,500 offered by the US government. The rebate only applies to deliveries up to 31 December 2022. All vehicles delivered after this date will be eligible for a tax rebate, meaning buyers won’t miss out. Although none of these cars support Steam integration, their cheaper prices make them the most popular Tesla models.

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Source: u/tearaway_Tea/Reddit, Electrek

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