Elon Musk and his Cybertruck Suffers a Cyberpunk-Themed Failure

The truck may look like something out of the future, but it’s working with some pretty outdated tech specs.

Elon Musk and his Cybertruck Suffers a Cyberpunk-Themed Failure

SUMMARY

  • Elon Musk had previously confirmed that the Cybertruck’s infotainment system would run Cyberpunk 2077.
  • The truck is unable to now run the game as it holds only 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
  • The new Model S and X variants can run Steam games as they have 256GB of storage and 16GB of RAM.
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Elon Musk, former Chairman of Tesla and current CEO of SpaceX, always finds a way to make headlines. Whether it’s with his idea for a portable flamethrower or his many inflammatory tweets on his recently purchased X platform, the billionaire knows how to draw the attention of the media. He also appears to be a gamer and can be seen chiming in with his opinion on titles such as Elden Ring and Cyberpunk 2077

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However, it seems he sometimes overshoots the mark and says things that do not pan out as he wishes. Such as his promise to bring Cyberpunk 2077 to the Cybertruck, a claim that he is unable to now follow through on. 

Elon Musk Stated That Cyberpunk 2077 Would be Playable on the Cybertruck

Elon Musk's big truck can't handle a big game.
Elon Musk’s big truck can’t handle a big game.

The claim was made on X as a response to a post from 2022 by the official Cyberpunk 2077 handle. Musk called Cyberpunk 2077 a “Great game,” to which Ryan McCaffrey, an Executive Editor at IGN, asked when people could see the game run on the S or X model of Tesla cars. 

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Musk’s response claimed they were working on making Steam games work on Tesla. When asked if seeing Cyberpunk 2077 on the Cybertruck was a guarantee, Musk simply responded with the ‘100’ emoji. Well, the all-wheel-drive version of the Cybertruck is now available, but it cannot run Cyberpunk 2077 yet. 

The newer versions of the Model S and X now show Steam support and can play thousands of games from the platform. This is likely due to them being the top models in the Tesla line-up and shipping with robust tech. The high-end variants of the cars boast 256GB of storage and 16GB of RAM, now considered the basic requirements when it comes to AAA gaming. 

While the Cybertruck is not cheap, it still ships only with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM as part of its infotainment system. This means that despite the electric pickup boasting support for Steam, it most likely will not be able to run titles like Cyberpunk 2077 unless it gets a bump in specs. 

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AAA Games like Cyberpunk 2077 Require Some Beefy Specs to Run Smoothly

Cyberpunk 2077's resurrection is one to be applauded.
Cyberpunk 2077‘s resurrection is one to be applauded.

It’s no secret that new games from big studios now require gamers to boast some pretty chunky hardware. The fact that Elon Musk’s big boy truck is unable to pack enough power under the hood to run the game, despite his promise, is disappointing to many fans. 

Unless Tesla offers to retrofit Cybertrucks with better tech, people will have to wait until 2025 to see if the rear-wheel drive variant can run these bigger games.

The Tesla graphic subsystem has been said to rival that of the PlayStation 5, with half of the overall bandwidth. Steam integration on the cars can work with a controller or a mouse and keyboard set-up, allowing players to choose their weapons. 

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But do you think it makes sense to upgrade cars to play video games at all? Or is it just a gimmick? Let us know in the comments below.

Sagar Nerala

Written by Sagar Nerala

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Gaming was one of my earliest passions then along came writing, and here we are. I've been in the content creation space for several years now and as gamer for even longer. From understanding the complexities of a multilayer narrative to the simply joy of "big gun go boom", my goal is to capture all the emotions in between and put them down in an engaging manner.