Elon Musk explains why he won’t create a video game console to compete with PlayStation and Xbox
Elon Musk is extremely online and very eager to participate in technology-related conversations of all kinds. This includes topics related to video games, as he has already talked about his favorite games, his Ring of Elden build, and other social media topics. A recent gaming-related goal of Musk is to bring Steam to Tesla vehicles so they can be played on the dashboard. This idea has since led to Musk being asked if he would be interested in creating his own video game console.
Musk was on a recent episode of the Full Send podcast when asked if he would be interested in building a video game console. Musk is clearly a fan of video games, possesses incredible wealth, and has strong enough opinions to know how to differentiate his own console next to a PlayStation or an Xbox. However, Musk says he is not interested in doing such a thing. He answers the question quite explicitly with a direct “no”.
Elaborating, Musk says he’s “not sure” if there’s value to be created by adding another video game console to the current market. Furthermore, he explains that video game consoles are “essentially PCs”, perhaps implying that he views consoles as increasingly indistinct alongside PC gaming. It’s no surprise, as Musk has spoken before about not playing console games. The only console franchise he says he plays is Halo.
It’s easy to see what Musk’s gaming tendencies are based on his current Tesla gaming goals. It would absolutely make headlines if Musk announced that he was working on a partnership with Sony or Microsoft to integrate PS5 or Xbox Series X consoles into Tesla vehicles. Instead, Musk’s priority is to get Steam running on Tesla’s dashboards.
If Musk decided to make his own video game console, he would definitely start with an audience. Musk has an almost cult following of fans online who share his thoughts and opinions on social media. The crossover between this audience and the gaming community also seems important due to the popularity of Musk’s gaming-related tweets.
That’s not to say Musk is wrong when he says there might not be a lot of value in adding another console to the current gaming market. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo find success largely thanks to the foundations built over multiple generations of consoles. Not much has joined the market since Xbox in 2001. Musk will apparently be content to continue playing PC games, working to bring Steam to Tesla vehicles, and sharing his thoughts online.
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