'Project CARS' Developer Announces New Mad Box Console


Slightly Mad Studios was founded in 2008 and has become known for its work on racing games, including Need for Speed: Shift, Project CARS and more. Bell says the Slightly Mad console (dubbed The Mad Box) will be "the most powerful console ever built". What primarily seems to be focused on VR, the aptly named Mad Box console will support most VR headsets and, get this, run VR at a whopping 60 FPS (frames per second), "per eye".

For many years, the PlayStation and Xbox have been the go-to consoles for serious gamers, but a newcomer wants to change that. Bell says both old and new games are welcome on the Mad Box. The Mad Box is planned to release worldwide and be competitively priced in comparison to other upcoming consoles. Considering Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have an equal grasp on the current console gaming market, Slightly Mad will have a lot of competition to catch up on.

Furthermore, the studio will also provide its full development engine for free.

However, the studio has no plans to restrict developers to only develop for Mad Box Console. If I had to venture a guess, if this console does somehow see the light of day then it'll likely cost far more than a traditional console and will instead mirror prices more often seen with a high-end PC. And while VR gaming isn't exactly hot right now, it could catch on by the time the Mad Box is ready for prime-time. "We have the required hardware contacts to be able to bring something epic to fruition based on our designs", Ian Bell told Variety.

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Slightly Mad also has multiple investors behind the project, and won't offer exclusivity incentives to developers.

"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. He added that for now, they're looking at "standard partial ownership investment deals". Early design builds are expected to be revealed in four to six weeks.

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