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[H]ardOCP: Slightly Mad Studios Begins Development of a Gaming Console

05 January, 2019, 01:15 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • A New Game Console Is On The Way To Compete With Xbox And PlayStation

Project CARS developer Slightly Mad Studios are now developing their own console entitled the "Mad Box" as revealed by CEO Ian Bell via a tweet.

Slightly Mad Studios, the developer best known for its work on the Project Cars series, is supposedly developing a new gaming console.

Racing game developer Slightly Mad Studios has chose to branch out into the console manufacturing industry with their upcoming Mad Box console.

The console, now referred to as the Mad Box, was announced by Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell on Twitter. Speaking to Variety, Bell said the hardware would be the equivalent of a top-end PC in two years time.

Do you think there's room for one more gaming console? "You have it", the founder wrote on Twitter, then clarifying the Mad Box hits 60FPS per eye.

In fact, the first tweet Bell published after creating this account says simply, "The Mad Box is coming".

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In a odd twist of fate, Slightly Mad Studios is making a games console aimed at the 4K gaming market. "The "new" possibly being many of those that benefit from our completely free development engine", Bell said. For now, I am excited and applaud the effort by Slightly Mad Studios and their CEO for a great news.

"We think the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly", Bell told Variety.

"Prices will drop with ship quantity but we're not planning on taking as large a cut as other console owners to enable us to cut prices massively", said Bell.

Bell says the company is still in early talks with components manufacturers, so more details about the Mad Box's final specs haven't been confirmed yet. It's literally "Mad"... You want 4k, you want VR at 60FPS?

Slightly Mad also has multiple investors behind the project, and won't offer exclusivity incentives to developers. Are you interested in getting the Mad Box?

If the investment is there, however - or comes in off the back of Ian Bell's teasing tweet - we could see a console come to market in the next few years, whether or not anyone buys it.

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