Tesla recently unveiled its latest Model S Plaid electric vehicles and with the redesign comes with an improved and upgraded gaming experience.
Tesla recently announced its latest Model S electric vehicles and the redesign includes a greater emphasis on gaming. However, how does the new and more powerful Tesla Arcade experience compare to next-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X? There is one measurement that can provide some comparisons, but as is often the case, the user experience may end up being very different.
The Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X are the latest consoles to come to market. As to be expected with dedicated gaming machines like these, both boast impressive gains in performance, among other improvements compared to their predecessors. While Tesla is a car-maker, it’s not a traditional one, with the company’s vehicles known to come with some interesting extras. This includes the ability to game using the Tesla in-vehicle infotainment system.
Tesla’s new Model S Plaid and Plaid+ variants come with a new interior look and design. Part of the upgraded redesign is an improved gaming experience thanks to up to 10 teraflops (TFLOPS) of processing power. According to Tesla, this enables an in-car gaming experience that’s “on-par with today’s newest consoles.” Although the consoles were not mentioned by name, it is almost certainly in reference to the PS5 (with 10 TFLOPS) and the Xbox Series X (with 12 TFLOPS).
Do Teraflops Really Matter?
In the simplest of terms, teraflops absolutely matter. A single FLOP refers to ‘floating point operations per second’ and is used as a measurement of a computer’s processing power. In this sense, the more FLOPS (or in this case, TFLOPS), the more calculations per second the computer is capable of. For gaming, the more TFLOPS, the better the system is expected to be able to handle polygons and that’s important, considering their influence on the modern game experience. Therefore, if taking the numbers as is, then the more TFLOPS support, the better the gaming experience is likely to be. With the Tesla Arcade on the new Model S seemingly arriving with similar teraflop support as the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, the assumption is the gaming experience is likely to be comparable.
However, things are never that simple. To begin with, the number of TFLOPS is not directly comparable within itself. For example, two or three times the number of teraflops does not equal two or three times the performance. In addition, there are many other elements that inevitably contribute to the overall gaming experience. Due to this, the actual quality of the gaming experienced by Tesla owners and passengers could vary greatly, compared to when gaming on a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Regardless of these points, there clearly seems to be an upgrade on offer with Tesla’s new Arcade experience and one that is, at least on TFLOP paper, comparable in processing power to the next-gen gaming consoles.
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