Slightly Mad Studios is best known for the racing series Project CARS, but now the company is moving beyond the checkered flags and into the world of console development. This information comes from an exclusive report at Variety .
Called the Mad Box, the new console is said to be compatible with “most VR headsets and those upcoming,” according to Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell. Bell also told Variety the Mad Box will be “equivalent to a very fast PC 2 years from now.” This means 4K gaming, 120 frames-per-second support and more. Bell says his 60 frames-per-second claim in the tweet above is “per eye” which combine to the 120 frames-per-second benchmark. According to Bell, he has signed multiple non-disclosure agreements, so details are scarce for now.
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. Bell did mention the designs have been “specced out in detail,” so some thought has been put into the console beyond the basics. Despite the seemingly beefy hardware, Bell plans for the Mad Box to be priced competitively with “upcoming console prices.”
The Mad Box will come with access to Slightly Mad Studios’ own development engine, which will be free for all to use. Slightly Mad Studios isn’t looking to court developers for exclusive games either, with Bell telling Variety “We think exclusives are ‘exclusionary’ but given that we’ll be shipping a cross platform engine to all developers it will be their choice.” Bell says both old and new games are welcome on the Mad Box.
Curiously, it sounds like Slightly Mad Studios already has all the funding needed to see the Mad Box through to completion. This means we shouldn’t expect to see any Kickstarter or Indiegogo-type crowdfunding campaigns. “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,” Bell told Variety. “All that we have approached are discussing standard partial ownership investment deals.”
More information on the Mad Box, including photos of early design concepts, will be released in four to six weeks. Here’s to hoping the Mad Box is more successful than the recent console releases from rapper Soulja Boy, whose line-up of electronics have already been removed from his new store.
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