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Mad Box Gaming Console Announced by Project Cars Developer

The studio's CEO, Ian Bell, made a surprise announcement on Twitter regarding an incoming console called the "Mad Box" (full tweet below).

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. "You have it." "It will be a worldwide console", Bell wrote.

Bell also stated that all these fascinating details about the console, but they will have a hard time competing for a proper price. 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". According to the Slightly Mad founder, the Mad Box will raise the bar of console game and will go beyond "next-gen" consoles, possibly hinting at the next Xbox and PlayStation 5.

Overwhelmed with specificity, I find myself fairly confident this Mad Box is not actually going to shake the gaming industry to its core in 2021, or if it ever arrives at all.

Though Slightly Mad has turned to Kickstarter previously to fund games, it apparently already has funding secured for The Mad Box.

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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. 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. They don't plan to lock down exclusives, and its price will be "competitive with upcoming console prices".

"We think exclusives are "exclusionary, ' but given that we'll be shipping a cross-platform engine to all developers it will be their choice".

Not much else was revealed about the Mad Box, though Bell did say images of early design builds will be coming in four to six weeks.

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

It appears that the PS5 and the next Xbox may have competition from the most unlikely of sources - Slightly Mad Studios.

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