Slightly Mad Studios CEO details Mad Box console


Slightly Mad Studios, best known for the Project Cars series and Need for Speed: Shift, is working on a video game console of its very own.

Communicating with Variety, Bell said Slightly Mad will allow "Games from all developers, old and new" on the console, saying "The "new" possibly being many of those that benefit from our completely free development engine".

The first mention of the console came via Twitter, when Bell tweeted, "The Mad Box is coming". The Mad Box is expected to release sometime within the three year mark, which should put it in direct competition with the next generation of the Microsoft and Sony console line. It'll hit 4K gaming and VR in 120 FPS, and support today's latest VR headsets, hinting it'll be more of a PC-like Steambox console than a consolidated ecosystem like PlayStation or Xbox.

When it comes to gaming consoles, the primary ones who cross our minds are the PlayStations, the Xbox, and its different variations and the Nintendos but, now, a new gaming console is about to make its entry into the market.

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Slightly Mad Studios, the London-based studio behind Project CARS, apparently wants to be a direct competitor in the home console market. For now, I am excited and applaud the effort by Slightly Mad Studios and their CEO for a great news. Its projected specifications, according to Bell, have it capable of 4K output and VR gaming at 120 frames per second. Bell said that they now have the design of the Mad Box all specced out and are now in discussions with manufacturing partners. "As of now we have no plans to pay developers "incentives" to exclude other hardware vendors" explains Bell. This means we shouldn't expect to see any Kickstarter or Indiegogo-type crowdfunding campaigns. The way Bell is describing the console, it seems that Sony and Microsoft will have to up their game.

As for funding this venture, Bell stated that Slight Mad is in talks with several interested parties.

Do you think Slightly Mad has what it takes to compete with the likes of PlayStation 5 and "Xbox Two"?