A New Video Game Console, the Mad Box, is coming

Ian Bell, CEO of Slightly Mad Studios, announced earlier this week that the smaller studio is in the process of creating their own video game console, The Mad Box. In speaking with Variety, Bell explained that the Mad Box will be a “standalone console” that “will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a ‘very fast PC 2 years from now’.”

Bell initially teased the Mad Box on twitter, simply stating, “The Mad Box is coming”.

Since then, Variety contacted for more information and Bell has supplied:

“It will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a ‘very fast PC 2 years from now’,” Bell wrote in an email. “We’re in early talks with manufacturers of components so we can’t say much more right now other than we have the designs specced out in detail.”

Bell’s followup tweet stated that the Mad Box will be “the most powerful console ever built,” a bold statement to be sure, especially considering this will be their first attempt at a feature complete console.

When Variety asked about what kind of exclusives we can look forward to, Bell replied that it would be up to developers.

“We think exclusives are ‘exclusionary’ but given that we’ll be shipping a cross-platform engine to all developers it will be their choice. As of now we have no plans to pay developers ‘incentives’ to exclude other hardware vendors, Bell wrote.”
“…We think the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly. We think competition is healthy and we have the required hardware contacts to be able to bring something epic to fruition based on our designs.”

To give a little perspective on who Slightly Mad Studios is, they are the development team behind the highly praised Project CARS series and Shift 2: Unleashed, among notable others. Slightly Mad are primarily known for their driving simulators and racing games, as well as their Madness Engine.

Bell estimates the Mad Box will ship in “around three years time,” so it’ll be a while before we truly see what this 4K, 60 FPS, super powered console will deliver, but this one is certainly one to keep an eye on.

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