Just yesterday, Slightly Mad Studios revealed a new console that they are launching called the Mad Box and the aim is to take on the big names in the gaming market that have laid claim to this industry for years.
Best known for well-received Project Cars and follow-up Project Cars 2, plus a third entry in the franchise designed as a successor to Need for Speed Shift and which is now in the early stages of pre-production, Slightly Mad Studios is not a name you'd normally associate with hardware devices - despite the company's long-standing support for virtual reality (VR) platforms. "As of now, we have no plans to pay developers 'incentives" to exclude other hardware vendors", added Ian Bell, referring to the games on the new game console. He also compared the specs of the Mad Box to "equivalent to a 'very fast PC 2 years from now'". And either way, 4K gaming with 120 FPS and VR are things we already have from the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro.
Variety contacted him for an interview, and Bell shared more details about his Mad Box, which will likely face off with Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Two. Additionally, he says that The Mad Box offers developers access to a full and free engine to develop games with as well, both for this and other platforms. Well, it looks like the success of Nintendo Switch has inspired Slightly Mad Studios to announce their own gaming console that is scheduled to launch during the upcoming future. 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. Well, "competitive with upcoming console prices", so between $400 and $500, we'd presume that means.
It will be interesting to see how close the Mad Box gets to the PS5 and next Xbox in terms of specifications. Bell did say that Slightly Mad will be ready to share images of early design builds at some point in the next four to six weeks, so we'll be keeping an eye out for those.