Elon Musk said he’s not interested in making video game consoles while discussing eventually bringing steam to Tesla vehicles.
Elon Musk is very online and very willing to be a part of technology-related conversations of all kinds. It includes topics related to video games, as he has discussed his favorite games, building his Elden Ring, and other topics on social media. Musk’s latest gaming-related focus is bringing Steam to Tesla vehicles so they can be played on the dashboard. The idea has led to Musk being asked whether he would be interested in creating his own video game console.
Musk was participating in a recent episode of the Full Send Podcast when he was asked if he would be interested in creating a video game console. Kasturi is clearly a fan of video games, has an incredible amount of wealth, and has strong enough opinions to know how to differentiate his console next to a PlayStation or Xbox. However, Musk said he is not interested in doing such a thing. He responded quite explicitly to the question with a direct, “no.”
Explaining, Musk said he is “not sure” if there is any value to be made by adding another video game console to the market today. Next, he explained that video game consoles are “basically PCs,” perhaps indicating that he sees consoles becoming more obscure next to PC games. This is unsurprising, as Kasturi has previously talked about not playing games on the console. The console franchise he said he plays is Halo.
It’s easy to see what Musk’s game tendencies are based on Tesla’s current game goals. It would really make headlines if Musk announced that he was working to partner with either Sony or Microsoft to have a PS5 or Xbox Series X console built into a Tesla vehicle. Instead, Musk’s priority is working to run steam on Tesla’s dashboard.
If Musk decides to make his own video game console, he will definitely start with an audience. Musk has an almost cult-like following of online fans who share their thoughts and opinions on social media. The crossover between this audience and the video game community seems to be important as well, given the popularity of Musk-related tweets.
That’s not to say that Musk was wrong when he said that there wouldn’t be much value to be found in adding another console to the current gaming market. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo found success due in large part to the foundation they built over multiple generations of consoles. No major party has joined the market since the Xbox in 2001. Kasturi will likely be content to continue playing PC games, working to bring Steam to Tesla vehicles, and sharing his thoughts online.
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