Project Cars creator teases 'Mad Box' VR console

Sheri Evans
January 5, 2019

Yesterday we covered that the British development studio is actively working on Project Cars 3, and CEO and founder of Slightly Mad, Ian Bell, has now taken to Twitter to announce that the "Mad Box is coming". While we've certainly seen our fair share of odd consoles as of late-I'm looking at you, Soulja Boy-this isn't planned to be some dinky little box that can play simple games.

Bell says The Mad Box is expected to ship to market in "around three years".

The system aims to offer support for most major VR headsets, including some now upcoming devices, at 120 FPS.

Bell explained that the console will dethrone the Xbox One X as the most "powerful console ever built".

We'll have to wait to see more about what the Mad Box will actually entail when more specific details are given but as of now, the project seems quite ambitious.

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'What is the Mad Box, ' Bell asks via his Twitter account.

At the same time, however, Slightly Mad will offer their proprietary games engine to developers for free. Slightly Mad also won't pursue exclusivity deals with developers, as it believes that console exclusives are "exclusionary". It's literally "Mad"... You want 4k, you want VR at 60FPS? He doesn't have plans to pay developers incentives to create exclusives on the platform. Instead, much like most consoles, it will be about games.

"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.

For years now, the competitors in the game console space have been pretty well defined.

Bell added that early design builds for the Mad Box will be revealed in about four to six weeks. I am not trying to jinx the company but many major projects fall short plus all we have are vague details about the whole thing and in 3 years we will have the PlayStation 5, Xbox Scarlett and Nintendo Switch 2 for sure. There's a long way to go between announcement and release for the Mad Box, and during that time, and there's the potential for plenty to go wrong in that time.

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