Slightly Mad Studios is working on a stand alone console

Judy Cobb
January 5, 2019

Company CEO Ian Bell took to Twitter today to announce "The Mad Box is coming", alongside a few early details.

Project Cars devs at Slightly Mad Studios are planning The Mad Box, a next-gen console that's touted to deliver enthusiast gaming performance.

The name is reportedly an acronym of "Media Arts Development Box", and/or a contraction of the "Madness Engine" that Slightly Mad Studios uses to make its games.

The Mad Box is a proprietary video game console in the vein of Xbox or PlayStation. Next, he said on Variety that the new game console would roll out in up to three years, and would support 120 frames-per-second for virtual reality play. The Mad Box console will nonetheless be a business venture and one particular financial figure might be on the mind of customers: the cost. Now, that Slightly Mad Studios CEO made a decision to release additional information about the gaming console such as that it will be stand alone and that it will support VR games at up to 120 frames per second!

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Although he did not reveal any target pricing yet, Bell states that it will be competitive (against Xbox and PS4).

When pressed, Bell clarified that he meant 60fps per eye, or 120fps total, but it still differs from the way fps is usually calculated for VR headsets (with the HTC Vive now running 90fps, and the PSVR potentially up to 120fps for select titles). As well as making a well-received sequel, the United Kingdom firm has built up quite a fanbase around its racing property and is now eyeing a rather more taxing challenge - a move into the world of video game hardware. Bell says "We have multiple investors already offering the required funding for us to see the product to completion, but it's still early days and we're looking at the best offers right now". He doesn't have plans to pay developers incentives to create exclusives on the platform. He also promised that the Mad Box "will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming".

It's going to be interesting to see what the studio comes up with.

It appears that the PS5 and the next Xbox may have competition from the most unlikely of sources - Slightly Mad Studios.

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